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Should a Christian Business Be Unequally Yoked?

by Jason on March 24, 2010

In 2 Cor. 6: 14 (NIV), Paul states: “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers.  For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common?  Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?”

God wants Believers to be “equally yoked” and not “unequally yoked” with unbelievers.   But does this apply to Christian business?

Unfortunately, many Christians think this verse only pertains to finding a marriage partner and then form business partnerships with the world.

The Small Business Administration tells us that over 650,000 businesses are started in the US every year.  Of these new businesses, 80% will fail in their first three years and only 9% will make it beyond five years!

Although it’s impossible to tell, I have to believe that a “few” of these might have been Christian businesses.

Why Does a Christian Business Fail?

There are a number of answers to this question that will be addressed in coming posts, but the main one we’re addressing here is being “unequally yoked”.  As mentioned above, God wants His people to be “equally yoked” in ALL things, especially involving the stewardship of His resources.

I’ve watched fellow Christians enter into promising business partnerships with non-believers, only to suffer major loss at a later date.  I thought about these failures for many years and wondered why they had occurred.   As in many things we ponder over time, the answer suddenly “hit me” one day while studying His Word.  The answer was simple.

In each case, these Christian businesses had been “unequally yoked”.  God had answered my question concerning business failures, but then gave me the inspiration to ask another question.  “Why don’t Christian investors and entrepreneurs to consciously seek each other out?”

Just as stated in Prov. 13:20 “…iron sharpens iron…”, I believe that Christians helping Christians in the startup stages of a business can help lay a solid foundation resulting in Godly stewardship of all corporate assets.

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This includes planning, capitalization, budgets, staffing, facilities, products/services development, manufacturing, sales and marketing, distribution, etc.

As a Christian business, we are to obey Him by acknowledging the following:

1 Chron.29:11 “Everything in the heavens and earth is yours, O Lord”

We know that God will hold us accountable in the stewardship of all of the resources He has given us, large and small.

How Should a Christian Business Proceed?

As in any major decision, especially involving finances, Christians should only proceed after following these steps:

  • Prayer – Seek God’s guidance though daily prayer;
  • Studying His Word – John 1:3 “…and the Word was God.”  Allow God to speak to you through His Word.
  • Seeking wise counsel – Prov. 12:15 “…But a wise man is he who listens to counsel”.
  • Asking a simple question – “Do I see God’s Hand in action?”  Is God opening doors, such as bringing His people into your life as potential partners or by overcoming potential obstacles?

If God has called you to start a business, He has blessed you!  He is there to guide you, equip you, encourage you, and to provide resources you need.  Let Him be your CEO!

He will also form relationships with fellow Believers in terms of co-founders, financiers, suppliers, employees, advisors, mentors, coaches, etc.  When God wants you to succeed and you’re obedient to Him, how can you fail?

This is a guest post by Bill Murray, founder of the Christian Angel Capital Network. We are in the pre-launch stage of an online service that will match Christian angel investors with Christian entrepreneurs. We think of our service as “where eHarmony meets the Sharktank for Christians!”. Our current website is a blog and we welcome all comments, ideas, critique and of course, prayers. Find us at http://christianangelinvestors.com

Side Note From Jason

Readers – what do you think!?  Is business partnership with a non-Christian wrong?  Should Christians view those relationships as opportunities to demonstrate the love of Christ?

Let’s hear your thoughts!

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