Author: Paul Redwine

Character in the Marketplace

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Shortly after I launched the Biblical Principles podcast, I gathered some feedback from family and friends. While the feedback was positive, some asked for clarification as to the focus of the podcast. One of the things I emphasized was that the podcast was not one on how to build a business.

Rather, the podcast focuses more on Biblical principles that help and encourage people to be better marketplace missionaries. This podcast, therefore, is for those who believe that the Bible is God’s inspired Word, who happen to work in the marketplace.

This podcast is for any business professional who wants to affect change in the marketplace. It is for the CEO who loves Jesus and, because of his or her influence, wants to make an impact. It is for the salesperson who comes in contact with prospects, clients and co-workers on a regular basis. It is for the solopreneur who owns a small business and wants to reach out to her customers. It is for the customer service representative, the janitor, the IT expert.

These podcasts and blogs are written for the employer, the employee, and the self-employed. It is for anyone in the marketplace who comes in contact with other human beings, whether they are clients, customers, co-workers, employees, managers, bosses, and CEOs.

In an earlier podcast series I called “Making God Known in the Marketplace,” I looked at the Apostle Paul, who used the marketplace in Athens, where he met many people with whom he could reason and spread the Good News. The marketplace, therefore, since it involves so many souls, and because the workplace is where so many people spend much time, is one of the primary areas where we can make a difference.

A Focus on Character

This podcast/blog does not focus specifically on how to build a business, even though many of the concepts may be there. This resource examines the character, teachings and approach one can apply in the workplace. We then examine particular principles and examples found in the Bible, hence the title, “Biblical Principles for Business Professionals.”

This podcast/blog examines particular qualities to cultivate as taught and modeled in Scripture — examples found in Jesus, the kings, prophets, and patriarchs. Examples found in the writings of the Apostles and poets.

A focus should first be on what you are, as opposed to what you do. We strive to be more of what God wants us to be. What we are will ultimately dictate what we will do. In other words, the deeds — or the Fruit — will come as a result of what we are.

Regarding character, we must also understand that character is different than reputation. There is a definite, distinct difference! John Wooden, who won ten NCAA basketball championships when coaching UCLA, said concerning the two, “Your reputation is who people think you are, your character is who you really are.”

Romans 5:4 teaches us that perseverance produces character. When writing to the Corinthians, Paul says, Another reason I wrote you was to see if you would stand the test and be obedient in everything.” In the original language of the New Testament, the word used for character in these two verses means “approved.” More specifically, it means “tested and true.”

Too many people in the marketplace are concerned only with reputation. We should be more concerned with character. Moreover, if you have good character, it will be shown in your reputation.

Therefore, we are concerned with the heart — what we truly are. As we become more like Christ, the actions follow naturally. Work on your faith, character, heart. Work on your personal relationship with Jesus Christ. The good works in your life — including good works in the marketplace — will follow!

Qualities to Cultivate

True believers look at Scripture to examine the different qualities found in Scripture — qualities worth cultivating. Some of these qualities are love, patience, kindness, worthiness, holiness; the list goes on and on.

When you cultivate such qualities, it equips you as a marketplace missionary. It makes you a better employee, boss, manager, salesperson, CEO, janitor, consultant, technician. As you cultivate those qualities, witnessing in the marketplace becomes more natural.

Approach

Another purpose of this podcast/blog is to provide practical ways in which we can affect change in the workplace by way of approach. I want to provide specific ways in which we can impact others.

This is why I have asked my listeners at the end of each podcast to share with us some specifics as to what you are doing in the marketplace; to share something that may help others to impact their world for Christ as well.

Today’s Takeaway: Proverbs 28:6 says, “Better is the poor who walks in his integrity than the crooked who is rich.” Character is what we are; it defines us. Abraham Lincoln said, “Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.” Focus on character and eventually others will see a shadow of good reputation. This will make you a more effective marketplace missionary.

Meaningful Dialogue, Part 5 – Relationship!

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Meaningful dialogue begins with establishing relationships with others in the marketplace. When you establish relationships, this gives you the “right”, so to speak, to ask the important questions. After all, as the old saying goes, “People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.” If someone knows that you care, they will be more open to dialogue, and reason with you concerning the important questions, on things that matter.

By way of approach, we ask many questions, intently listening to others. We talk less and listen more. We have a genuine, sincere interest in all of God’s children, including those we encounter in the workplace.

Asking Good Questions

Chuck Colson said, “One of the greatest services Christians can render to their unbelieving friends is to start asking good questions about the really big issues of life. Jesus was a great question-asker, as we know, and we can be effective in helping those around us think more seriously about their lives – and about the Gospel – if we will learn to use good questions in our conversations with them.”

We’ve been discussing four questions that involve one’s worldview. They are: Where did we come from? Why is the world such a mess? Is there a solution? What do we do about it? Today, we explore the answer to the fourth question. After discussing the problem of sin and the solution found in Jesus Christ, answering questions 2 and 3, we need to ask the important question, “What do we do about it?” We can also phrase it as, “Where do we go from here?”

If Jesus Christ is the solution — and He is, — then we need to respond to Him. A relationship with Him must be established. God’s Word teaches us that in order to come into a relationship with him, we must believe in Him, repent of our sins, confess Him as our Lord and Savior, and be baptized in Him.

Acceptance and Lordship

Not only do we need to accept Christ, but we must make Him Lord of our lives. When we make Him Lord, we are putting him above all others, above all things. Lordship involves not just initially “making” Him Lord by accepting Him, but it also involves having a personal relationship with Him.

Notice that I said nothing about religion. When we answer the question, “Where do we go from here?” the emphasis is not on rituals or just “going to church.” The emphasis is on relationship. Therefore, this would be a great time to share your testimony in light of the relationship you have with God because you have accepted Christ.

The answer, then, to the question “Where do we go from here?” involves beginning and growing in a relationship with God.

To review what we have been discussing in this podcast series, we asked four questions: They are: Where did we come from? Why is the world such a mess? Is there a solution? What do we do about it? Before you can “earn the right” to ask those questions, you establish a relationship with the person to whom you are witnessing.

Today’s Takeaway: When engaging in meaningful dialogue with others, it is important to stress the need for a relationship with Jesus, not religion. Most people are not interested in religion. It’s not about being religious; it’s about having a relationship with our Creator, Redeemer, and Friend.

Click here to download a a publication by Chuck Colson, which contains the Worldview Four-Part Grid. I think it will be a helpful tool for marketplace missionaries to use in order to think through and discuss the important questions we should be asking.

Meaningful Dialogue Part 4 – The Solution

Meaningful dialogue begins by asking meaningful questions. We’ve been looking at four questions that we as Marketplace Missionaries can ask in order to have meaningful dialogue: Where did we come from? Why is the world such a mess? Is there a solution? What do we do about it?

In the previous blog/podcast, we asked and answered the question, “Why is the world such a mess?” The world is indeed, a mess, and the reason it is a mess is because there is sin in the world. All the so-called problems in the world today are actually symptoms of the real problem: sin.

Now, as we look at question #3, we ask, “Is there a solution?” If so, what is the solution? We as Christians know that the solution is Jesus Christ!

My theology is simple, and can be narrowed down to two sentences: There is one problem in the world, and that problem is sin. There is one solution for that problem: Jesus Christ.

In the Name of Jesus . . .

In Acts 3, one afternoon, Peter and John were on their way to the temple to pray. On the way there, they encountered a man who was lame from birth. The lame man asked them for money. Peter informed him that he had no money but went on to tell the man, “In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene – walk!” God healed the man and he got up and walked!

Following that, Peter preached a sermon, preaching the Good News. However, the priest, the Captain of the Guard, and the Pharisees took issue with Peter and John, bringing them before the high priests, asking them, “By what power, or by whose name, have you done this?”

Peter’s response: “Let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead—by this name this man stands here before you in good health. . . . salvation is found in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.”

The Answer is not “Blowin’ In The Wind”

That is the answer to the question, “What is the solution?” The answer, my friend, is not “blowing in the wind”. Rather, the answer in Scripture is clear. There are many other verses in Scripture that speak to the fact that Jesus is the answer to the problem. It is through Jesus and because of Jesus that we can have salvation.

When engaging in meaningful dialogue in the marketplace, isn’t this the conclusion we want people to make?

When you present this truth to others, this would be a great time to share your testimony: share the fact that you once were lost in sin, that sin had you in its power. Share with them how you discovered the solution in Jesus Christ. Tell them that, yes, you still sin, but you are now forgiven. Share with them the hope and peace that you now have because of your relationship with Him.

In the next podcast/bolg, we will ask and answer question #4, “What do we do about it?” or to put it another way, “Where do we go from here? Now that we know the answer, the solution, what do we do in response to this?

Today’s Takeaway: There is one problem: sin. There is one solution: Jesus Christ. God’s Word teaches those truths, and there is much more to learn from Scripture. When engaging in meaningful dialogue, emphasize the problem and the solution. There is a solution to their struggles. There is a solution to their problems.

Meaningful Dialogue, Part 3

We are discussing how we as marketplace ministers can have meaningful dialogue with others. We know that in most cases, we will have to initiate the dialogue; we will have to ask the important questions in order to start impacting others, bringing them to a Christian worldview.

In doing so, we must first build a relationship with others in order to “earn the right” to ask them the important questions.

Here is a review of the questions:

  • How did we get here?
  • Why is the world such a mess?
  • Is there a solution?
  • What do we do about it?

Why is the World Such a Mess?

Last time, we looked at the first question, “How did we get here?” This time, we look at the second question, “Why is the world such a mess?”

The reason for asking this question is to lead others to the the truth that we live in a fallen world and that every person is a sinner. We also ask this question because we want to lead others to the solution, which I will address in the the next podcast.

When you ask someone, “Why is the world such a mess?” it is easy to show that the world indeed is a mess! We have problems in the world. All you have to do is cite historical and current events. History shows us that hate, greed, racism, rape, murder, terrorism, etc. (just to name a few) has been rampant throughout history, and it certainly looks like it will continue to be that way.

The Christian Worldview in regard to this important question: The reason the world is such a mess — the problem we have in the world — is Sin.

As students of God’s Word, we know that this came about because of the Fall of Man — something that occurred in the garden a long time ago. Romans 5:12 says, “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned. . .”

Do you remember the famous (Rodney King) question: “Can’t we all just get along?” That’s a good question. I think the best answer to that question is no! We can’t all “just get along” because sin exists in the world, and sin will always exist! There will always be the hate, greed, racism, rape, murder, no matter what we do to try to stop it. No political process will change this. Nothing will change this.

A Diagnostic Problem

We have a diagnostic problem in the world today. Too often, we look at the symptoms and regard the symptoms as the actual problem. Hate, greed, racism, rape, murder, etc. are all symptoms of the problem of sin. These are all symptoms of a lost, fallen world.

Show others that the solution is not dealing with the symptoms; the solution is in dealing with the root/heart of
the matter.

The world needs a better diagnosis! The problem is sin.

We ask the question, “Why is the world such a mess?” Here are some related questions to ask:
Are we heading in a positive or negative direction?
Is it going to get any better?
If so, what will have to happen in order for it to get better?

These are simply more good questions to ask in order to engage in meaningful dialogue with others.

Today’s Takeaway: In this world, the problem is sin. All the horrible things that happen in the world today are symptoms of this problem. We need to show others the love of Christ. Build relationships in your life and in the marketplace. Ask the important questions.

Meaningful Dialogue, Part 2

As a marketplace missionary, you are probably more than willing to answer questions concerning your faith. You may even have a strong defense of the faith, a solid defense for the “hope that is within you.” However, my guess is that not many people are approaching you and asking you about your faith. They aren’t knocking on your door on a regular basis with specific questions about why you believe what you believe. You would welcome more people to ask, and you are ready and willing to answer.

As marketplace missionaries, sometimes we will have to start the dialogue. Don’t sit around waiting for others to ask you questions. Begin the meaningful dialogue yourself.

As mentioned in the previous blog/podcast, each worldview has to answer life’s important questions. These four questions have been recycled for millenniums — four questions that every worldview must address. These questions are:

  • How did we get here? (How did we arrive on this planet to begin with?)
  • Why is the world such a mess? (Why is there evil; why do bad things happen?)
  • Is there a solution? (Or, what is the solution?)
  • What do we do about it? (Or, where do we go from here?)

These questions make people think about their particular world views. There are many different questions one can ask when beginning meaningful dialogue. The four questions I asked have been used extensively by many, and several others use those four questions as a guide/starting point for meaningful dialogue.

How Did We Get Here?

Let’s look more at the first question: How did we get here? (Or, how did we arrive on this planet to begin with? Why do humans exist to begin with?)

We know the answer to this question. It is found in Colossians 1:16-17, “For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” We also know that the very first verse in the Bible is “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”

The way someone answers this first question will give you some very good insight into one’s belief system. It will most likely let you know whether the person is an atheist, an agnostic, a humanist, a Christian or some other religion.

This is not the time to argue creation versus evolution, nor is this the time to discuss the finer points of Creation, or to dive right into the first chapter of Genesis. This is the time to listen and find out where the person is in regard to her/his worldview.

Instead, continue with follow-up questions concerning one’s purpose for existing, asking questions such as, “Do you believe we have a purpose for being here?” and/or “What is our purpose on this planet?”

This would be a good time for you to emphasize that you believe that we were not created by accident, and that there is a loving God who created us in His image. We are the reason he created the rest of the world. We, therefore, are special and we have purpose. We are the crown of creation.

If he or she answers the question by saying that God created the world and that He has a purpose for us, obviously you can move on to the next question. However, he or she may or may not believe that Jesus is the Son of God.

Ephesians 2:10 says that “We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them” (NASV).

We are created with a purpose. This is something that we should convey to others in the marketplace. Place the emphasis on the fact that we were created with a purpose.

Earning the Right to Ask

In order to engage in meaningful dialogue and in order to “earn the right” to ask the questions, you need to have a relationship with the person in which you want to dialogue.

In building a relationship with someone, you want to convey to them that God cares for him/her. Your job is to convey the love and care that God has for all people.

One way you can convey this is to begin encouraging people, seeing them as people who are created in God’s image. Convey to them that they are special. You can do this in several ways:
Buy someone a small gift.
Remember his or her birthday.
Ask them how they are doing on a regular basis.
Give them a genuine compliment.
Ask the person how you can pray for him/her.

Make sure you do all of this out of love and sincerity. When you show others that you care, they will be open to meaningful dialogue.

Also, as a reminder, when engaging in dialogue, remember to ask questions and listen more.

Today’s Takeaway: There’s an old saying, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” Have and show a genuine interest in others. Remember that God cares for everyone, and you too are called to care for others — those who are made in God’s image. Show a genuine interest in others in order to engage in meaningful dialogue. Then begin asking the important questions.

Meaningful Dialogue, Part 1

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Earlier I wrote about the need to engage in meaningful dialogue with others in the marketplace. We reason with others through meaningful dialogue so that we may bring people closer to the truth. I also talked about how important it is to both “walk the walk” and “talk the talk.”

Changing and Reinforcing The Biblical Worldview

Our job as Christians in the marketplace is to change or reinforce worldviews: change the worldviews of those who do not walk with Christ, or to help reinforce the Christian worldview with those who may need some more encouragement.

A worldview is simply one’s philosophy of life or of the world in general. Most of you who are listening to this podcast already have a Christian worldview. This podcast is dedicated to helping others spread the Christian worldview in the marketplace.

Scripture tells is in 1 Peter 3:15, “But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence.”

We are to make a defense of the Christian worldview. We need to be ready to answer questions concerning our faith.

One of the issues you may have, though, is that people aren’t asking the questions concerning your faith, but you wish that they would. If they asked questions, you would be glad to answer them.

A Socratic Approach

In order to begin dialoguing with others, you may have to start asking the questions.

But how do you do that? I suggest you take a Socratic approach, which: “is disciplined questioning that can be used to pursue thought in many directions and for many purposes, including: to explore complex ideas, to get to the truth of things, to open up issues and problems, to uncover assumptions, to analyze concepts” (Wikipedia).

Socrates developed this method of teaching between the teacher and the student in order explore beliefs and to lead the student down the right path of thinking. You may even have already used this method of dialogue and reason without even knowing it.

When dialoguing with people, Meet them where they are. As you know, you can lead them, but can’t make them drink. You do this with gentleness, or meekness, as the Apostle said in 1 Peter 3:15.

Gentleness, or Meekness is the expression of power with reserve. Humility and meekness in your dialogue with others will go a long way.

In the upcoming blogs/podcast episodes, we will look at specific questions you can ask others to begin some meaningful dialogue.

Questions to Ask

Throughout the ages, many people have posed such questions. There are a few questions that every worldview must address when explaining their particular worldviews. Here are a few questions that will be discussed in upcoming podcasts:

  • How did we get here?
  • Why is the world such a mess?
  • Is there a solution?
  • What do we do about it?

Chuck Colson and others have discussed and even provided material on how to ask and deal with these questions concerning worldview. We also will look at some of the important questions to ask, answering those questions as well as discussing how we can use these questions to engage in meaningful conversation.

Today’s Takeaway: Know that you may have to be the person to start asking the important questions. In doing so, try using the socratic method.

Action Point: Earlier I asked four questions: How did we get here? Why is the world such a mess? Is there a solution? What do we do about it? For now, think about the answers to those questions.

Making God Known Part 3 – Talk the Talk

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We have been discussing the importance of “knowing God and making Him known”. In Acts 17, The Apostle Paul made God known in the marketplace. Because he took the time to connect and reason with people, he was asked to speak to the Athenians at the Areopagus, also known as Mars Hill. He received this invitation because he took the time to reason with them.

To an Unknown God

Earlier, he toured the city and found that Athens was “full of idols.” In doing so, he came across an inscription that said, “To an unknown God.” Paul reasoned with the people of Athens about this “Unknown God.” Here’s what he said about this unknown God:

  • Made all things and is Lord of all
  • Doesn’t need people to feed Him or supply Him with sustenance
  • Created one man, and the entire human race came from this man
  • People would seek this God
  • He is not far from us; He is very accessible
  • Paul was showing them that this God is different from all the other gods.

Now look at the result:

  • Some sneered and dismissed the Apostle.
  • Others wanted to hear more.
  • Some believed and joined Paul.
  • When you make God known to others, you will have mixed results. Just like in sales and other areas of business. Some will dismiss what you have to say, some will show interest, others will believe. You have to keep at it.

    Walk the Walk, Talk The Talk

    I’ve heard people say “You can’t just ‘talk the talk.’ You also have to ‘walk the walk.’” I completely agree! You have to do both. After all, if you “talk the talk,” but don’t “walk the walk,” this can greatly harm your witness and effectiveness. However, I often wonder if there are many people who “walk the walk,” but think that they don’t have to “talk the talk.” Some people believe that all you have to do is “walk the walk.”

    Takeaways:

    • You should “walk the walk.” You should also “talk the talk.” The Apostle Paul did both. He approached others using reason, having meaningful dialogue with people.
    • Reason with others; engage in meaningful dialogue.
    • Know that the results will be mixed. You have to keep at it. Perhaps you have heard the phrase, “Some will. Some won’t. So what.” Salespeople often use this phrase, knowing that perseverance pays off. This applies to your witness in the marketplace as well.

    Action Point: Write down a few ways that you can make God known in the marketplace. Start a brainstorming session on how you might go about doing just that. Begin that process. Perhaps think more specifically as to how you can engage in meaningful dialogue with others, how you can better “talk the talk.”

Making God Known – Part 2 – Reasoning

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In the previous blog/podcast, I talked about how the Apostle Paul was intent on knowing God and making Him known. When he entered the city of Athens, he saw that the city was full of idols. We know that idols are not just statues of false gods, but is anything we put above/before God.

People are naturally curious. Many people like to hear about new things, new concepts. The Athenians, in Acts 17, brought the Apostle Paul to the Areopagus, asking him, “May we know what this new teaching is which you are proclaiming?”

The Athenians asked Paul to elaborate because he was “proclaiming strange deities” to them. They told Paul that he was “bringing some strange things” to their ears, and they wanted to learn more. The Apostle was talking about this “deity” who rose from the grave — something very foreign to them. Because of their curiosity and because Paul had something new for them to hear, they wanted to hear more. Hence they asked him to speak to them at the Areopagus, also known as Mars Hill.

Reasoning in the Marketplace

Before he could get this audience, however, he did a little “networking:” Paul reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and he reasoned with the God-fearing Gentiles, and in the marketplace every day with those who happened to be there.

Note: Paul reasoned with them. In the original language of the New Testament, the word used for “reason” is same word we get for the English word dialogue. A dialogue is an exchange of words by two or more people. What Paul did, as we understand from both the Greek language and from context of Acts 17, was dialogue in order that a conclusion could be made. More specifically, a truthful conclusion about a God that was unknown to the Athenians.

The word that is used for reason occurs thirteen times in the New Testament, where most of the time believers are practicing “dialectical reasoning.” In doing so, it is their hope that someone would come to a reasonable conclusion about Jesus.

I am reminded of Isaiah 1:18: “Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the LORD, “Though your sins are as scarlet,they will be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, they will be like wool” (NAS).

Three Takeaways:

  • Paul reasoned with them. He didn’t “tell it like it is.” There is a time and place to “tell it like it is,” to take a front door approach. There’s also a time for listening, dialoguing, reasoning. There is a time to take the approach that Jesus did when He said, “Woe to you, Pharisees and teachers of the Law…!” There’s a time to preah, a time to teach, a time to dialogue, a time to reason.
  • Don’t assume that everyone knows about Jesus. In America, everyone has heard the name of Jesus, but there is so much ignorance concerning who Jesus was. Therefore, engage in meaningful, reasonable dialogue to help bring people to reasonable conclusions about Jesus.
  • If the Apostle Paul could go into a city and reason with people in the marketplace and the synagogue, we can certainly reason with people within our circle of influence — in the marketplace. Paul reasoned with those “who happened to be present.” He took advantage of the opportunity to connect with those around him.

Making God Known In The Marketplace – Part 1


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It’s an old phrase still used by many today: We need “To Know God and Make Him Known.” This is certainly a biblical concept that all who are called by Christ should take to heart. Now, in order to know God, you must know Jesus Christ. We are called to know Christ, to understand God, and to make Him known to others; to wisely make disciples, as is set forth in the Great Commission.

The Apostle Paul was great at doing this. Before becoming a Christian, Paul was an educated Jew, who knew what we now call the “Old Testament.” He knew Scriptures well. Before he became known as Paul, he was known as Saul. He had a zeal for God, but he was (to say the least) misguided. He sought to kill Christians, most notably, Stephen. The book of Acts records the life of Paul, his experience on the Road to Damascus, his conversion and his missionary journeys.

On the road to Damascus, Jesus appeared to him, asking him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” Saul learned that in order to know God, you have to know His Son Jesus. Paul becomes an Apostle and takes his knowledge of God on the road; he then makes it his mission in life to make God known to others.

One of my favorite events in the Bible illustrates how Paul did this. It is found in Acts 17. Paul arrives in Athens, where he sees a city full of idols.

Idolatry in the Marketplace

The Greeks in Athens, like the Romans, were polytheistic, meaning that they believed in and worshipped many different gods. The text says that Paul’s spirit “was being provoked within him as he was observing the city full of idols.”
So, Paul began reasoning with many different people. He reasoned with the Jews in the synagogue. He reasoned with Epicureans and he reasoned with the Stoics, two very different philosophies.

When Paul saw the many different idols, he came across an inscription that read, “To an unknown god.” The Greeks, because they were polytheistic, wanted to please all the gods; they wanted all the gods to show them favor. They didn’t want to leave out a god, because that god might bring judgment on those who do not pay tribute to that God. It was like they were saying, “Hey, if there is a god up there that we missed, or a God of which we were unaware, we acknowledge you! Please don’t squash us like a bug!”

Later on, the apostle would get the chance to make Christ known to the Greeks. He would talk to them about this “Unknown God.”

Paul saw many different statues and inscriptions of idols throughout the city of Athens. They were made of stone and other materials.But what exactly is an idol? An idol is not just a statue or some material tribute to a god that does not exist. An idol, rather, is anything we put above God.

Present-Day Idols

You may have heard people talk about how money can be an idol. Fame, food, drugs, sex, another person (even a spouse) — any of these can become idols.

Here are a few questions to ponder:

  • What are some present-day idols?
  • What potential idols are hindering you from conducting business the way God wants you to conduct it?
  • Is business, your company, or the success of your business something you put above God?
  • In the next few posts and podcasts, we will focus on how to “Know God and Make Him Known.” One of the first things we need to do is, though, is identify the idols that may stand in our way. As Christians we believe there is one God, one Creator, one Lord, one Faith, one Baptism. Ephesians 4:6 says that there is “one God and Father of all, who is over all, and through all, and in all” (ASV).

    Today’s Takeaway: We need to come to know this “one God and Father” — and make Him known. First, start by identifying the idols — any other “gods” that are put above the one and only God and Father.