Did you watch the movie MIB (Men In Black movie with Will Smith)? The concept of aliens in human suits – even in comedy, the images are usually disturbing. In reality, Christians are kinda like aliens in human suits; and with that it should not be business as usual!
This issue has always facinated me. Going to a funeral of a beloved family member made this concept more concrete. The frozen suit that laid in that coffin was not the life force I had come to love, or would miss. If you think about it, when you love someone – the suit they walk around in hardly matters. The way they wear their hair, the clothing, whether fat or thin, bald or glorious locks – those things complete the image – but that is not what is loved. The suit may be gone, but love continues on.
For a living example on the same point: if you have ever had a family member have say – alzheimers; they are very much still walking around in their human suit – but the essence of the person is different. The moment you realize there is no return of the former personality, there is a challenge to your feelings, because now you are forced to decide how you feel about the human suit that is walking around in front of you. Some may be willing to admit that the walking suit is no longer the essence of what you loved. You see the walking suit and call upon your memories of the essence and continue to love the suit because it represents the person you love.
What has all this got to do with business? Well, when we become Christians, we should be the most aware of the fact that we have changed at the very essence and core. We are no longer the same as 2 Corinthians 5:17 points out. We are very literally, a new creation continuing to exist in this human suit until the day we are called away from the suit to be with our Creator. So, how do we, this new creation – continue to do business as usual??????
Do your co-workers, clients, and casual observers not notice there is something different about you? If not why? Jesus prayed in 1 John 17, and in verse 16 he says of his disciples “They are not of the world, even as I am not of it”.
We are among the others, but we are not one of them- yet some of us are really good at acting no differently. Business as usual. That should not be, and is not authentic. Speaking of authenticity – have you ever enjoyed going to an Italian or Indian restaurant for example, and for a moment, escape into the experience of that land as you enjoy the authentic cuisine, decor and music. You walked into an experience that was different to what exists outside those doors – right? Well, in the same way – when the world does business with a Christian, they too should have a moment of an authentic experience they are not getting outside your doors.
Are your scales balanced? Are your prices fair? Is your service joyful? Is your giving generous? Is your praise sincere? Is your work ethics faithful? The world is capable of doing good, but for the Christian, it should be their new nature – a natural outflow of goodness.
So I challenge you today. If you are a Christian, even just an employee – your business should not be as usual of your pre-Christian experience. I am not suggesting you go out and start blasting Bible verses over the intercom. I am challenging you to live out your new nature authentically. The Bible on Business will continue to explore this authentic Biblical application to business and money.
I anticipate quite a few people not sharing my position on this topic. Nevertheless, this is how I see it. Feel free to disagree. That won’t change how I feel because my feelings are never determined by public opinion. My position on this matter comes from my belief that the Bible is the infallible Word of God, and if the Bible says I am a new creation and the old is gone – well – forgive the baby wails as my baby Chrisitan lungs take their baby gulps of alien world air.