Prime Time: Confronting Your Industry Culture
By Os Hillman
TGIF Today God Is
First Volume 2, by Os Hillman
entered the temple area and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He
overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling
doves. "It is written," he said to them, 'My house will be called a
house of prayer, but you are making it a den of robbers'" (Matt 21:12-13).
corporate culture dictates the way business is conducted because it was established
years before. We simply inherit whatever the accepted practice is. Some of
these practices violate a biblical principle. For instance, some businesses
withhold payment on invoices for sixty, ninety or one hundred twenty days as a
form of cash management, which places a heavy burden on suppliers. Some
government custom's employees require a bribe in order to get your product into
their country. One nation thinks nothing about their practice of software
piracy because it has simply become a part of their culture.
allows for situational ethics. There are absolutes in the Kingdom of God. The
Word of God does not change because of culture or accepted practice.
It was an
"industry practice" to sell doves in the temple. But Jesus never
accepted the practice because he knew it was turning a holy place of prayer
into a commercial enterprise. It did not matter that it was an accepted
God calls each
of us to operate from a plumb line of righteousness in our work life, no matter
the consequence. Zerubbabel led the first band of Jews, numbering 42,360, who
returned from the Babylonian Captivity in the first year of Cyrus, King of
Persia (Ezra). Zerubbabel is also noted for laying the foundation of the second
temple in Jerusalem the next year. He was a leader who managed with integrity
and righteousness. He was a man who God and others wanted in charge. "Men
will rejoice when they see the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel" (Zech
industry practices and make sure you are not violating God's Word. Let your
plumb line be measured by His precepts.
Today God Is
First (TGIF) devotional message, Copyright by Os Hillman, Marketplace Leaders.
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