Monday, December 9, 2013

Some Thoughts on Doing Business

I started a DJ business on the side from my regular day job because my wife suggested it and I like music in general.

I recently read some articles about cake businesses not catering to gay weddings because of their disagreement with the lifestyle of the couple. One article states that a judge has declared that the cake maker must make the cake for the wedding.[1]

My last blog specifically talks about going, as Jesus said, “the extra mile.” The point of the blog was in the time of Jesus the Romans had a law that ‘compelled’ or forced people to carry a soldiers load for a mile whether the citizen wanted to or not. Jesus said if they compel you to go with them one mile, go with them two.

We get so caught up in our version of right and wrong, we have a tendency to forget what Jesus told us to do. We think because we don’t cater to this group of people, or we don’t associate with those people we are so righteous.

Do you become less of a Christian because you made a cake for someone you don’t agree with?

Do you become less of a Christian because your band may play in a place that “good folks” wouldn’t be seen?

Would I be less of a Christian because I DJ’ed a wedding that served alcohol?

I believe we are required to be a light in dark places. How can you be a light in dark places if you only go to places with other lights? How can we shine our light if the only thing we are willing to share with those we disagree with is our disapproval of their behavior?

Should we not go the extra mile when compelled to do something, or anything for that matter? Should we not only do our job, but do it to the best of our ability?

Now don’t get me wrong, there are some things that we should be willing to walk away from no matter the cost, but I’ll leave that for another blog.

Love Jesus, eat cheesecake, listen to Pink Floyd,

DJ Glen


Arlee Bird said...

You make an excellent point and I hadn't looked at it in this way. Just last night at our church council meeting we were looking at ways to cover ourselves if we had to deny marrying a homosexual couple in our church. Of course that is a different thing entirely than dealing with business.

I like the way Chik-Filet approached the matter.

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DJ GlenMC said...

As far as churches go, I won't make that call. Some churches act like they are businesses and they make decisions based on a business model. "How many people can we get in the doors? How much income can we make? What can we do to increase our tithes to finance our expansion?" All well and good, but sometimes we lose sight of what is important to God. Jesus talked of leaving the 99 to save the 1. How many of the American churches are willing to sacrifice their members in order to reach someone who desparately needs Jesus?
I find myself in the middle on a lot of issues. I understand where the church is coming from, but also understand touching those that the "establishment" church doesn't want to have anything to do with because it may decrease their numbers, and with it, their tithes, but these are the people that need that touch of Christ the most.
I can't tell the church how to do what they do. All I can do is follow Christ as He shows me.

DJ Glen