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Business Is Business
by Doug Apple
05/15/06
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“Business is business” – And Jesus tosses the temple tables.

“Business is business” – and Paul rebukes his court-bound brothers.

“Business is business” – and Nehemiah burns with anger at his selfish kinsmen.

This is a phrase I hear Christians use a lot, and yet it’s always used to justify something that lacks love and grace. “Well, I know it doesn’t appear loving or graceful or kind…but…

“Business is business” – and the King stares in disbelief at the man for whom he had forgiven an impossible debt.

Have you ever used that phrase? Now think back…why did it need to be said? We use that phrase as a reason for doing something. Think about it…we never use that phrase when something is the loving thing to do, or when something is the right thing to do. Otherwise we would say, “You know what, it was the right thing to do…it was the kind thing to do.” But usually when it doesn’t feel very kind or very right, we excuse it by saying…

“Business is business” – and Pilate washes his hands…

How many unloving things have been done in the name of business? Is it not just another form of looking out for number one? As if we have to set aside our Christianity in order to “take care of business.”

My opinion…there is no such thing as “just business.” For a Christian, everything becomes an act of faith…and the Bible says that everything that is not of faith is sin.

So, do you use the phrase “business is business”? If so, what do you mean by it? Do you mean, “I’ll look out for myself and you look out for yourself”? My friend, God has a better plan than that.

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