As a follower of Christ, I am commanded to support my brothers and sisters in the body of Christ. There are many ways to do this but I’d like to strongly suggest just one practical idea.
START BUYING FROM A CHRISTIAN OWNED BUSINESS FIRST. It really doesn’t matter how big or small.
Yes Virginia, I am doing the internet equivalent of shouting. I would shout this from the rooftops if I wouldn’t be arrested for it. America’s economy is built on hundreds of thousands of small businesses. Not the big corporations that many are rallying against. Many are called “sole proprietorships”. This is where a single person owns the whole business. A family is dependent upon the economic success of that small business. How well they are fed, clothed and sheltered is determined by the success of that business. If sales are down then it affects the quality of life that family has. Given the past few years in America, I think many such businesses (and associated dependent families) have gone through their savings trying to stay afloat. So now it is crunch time. We can all make a difference if we collectively decide to.
Isn’t it reasonable to think that if you and two friends from where you worship starting getting hair cuts from another Church goer that owns a Beauty or Barber Shop that it would make a difference? Or start having a meal or coffee at the diner another Christian in town owns. If we, the body of Christ began doing business with other Christians first then wouldn’t that help meet the needs of our brothers and sisters? As their sales increase, they would get just a little more economic breathing room. Which means less stress from living so close to the edge of ruin. That could mean happier and more secure Christian families. What a blessing to bring one another, But the blessing wave wouldn’t stop there. Christians would have more money to share in the offerings at church. Maybe they hadn’t been able to give in the past but now they can. The Churches will then begin to have more economic breathing room too. Maybe some repairs can now be made. So the church contacts their Christian contractor and the wave of blessing continues. Or the Church now can afford to feed the homeless in their community. The cycle repeats and positively affects even more people.
So as you plan your purchases… BUY CHRISTIAN FIRST! Especially with Christmas coming. By changing your buying behavior now, you can bless countless others just in time for Christmas.
There are many ways to find the Christian owned businesses in your area. Ask your Pastor or Church administrator who they are from your church. Some put a little fish or icthus symbol in their yellow page and newspaper ads. You’ve seen them – a lot of people put those on their cars. In your town, check to see if there is a Full Gospel Businessmen or FGBMI organization. Maybe there’s a Shepherd’s Guide or Christian newspaper available at your local Christian Bookstore. It may take a little effort but I know you’ll be blessed by being a blessing to others.
SnT Radio.com wants introduce you to a website called the Christian Business Owners Expo. http://www.cboexpo.com/ It is a listing of Christian Owned Businesses by city. They hope to be nationwide soon but right now their focus is on Florida, Arizona and Illinois.
Speaking of Christmas, this year SnT Radio.com is celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas starting Monday December 12th. It will feature only those songs that keep Christ in Christmas sung by Christian artists. Not snow men, reindeer or that other fat & jolly saint nick. Just Jesus and the scriptural celebration of his birth. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Just ask my wife. She’ll tell you that I am capable of listening to Christmas music 365 days a year. If I can get to it, maybe I’ll record a couple arrangements Christmas songs I did for solo guitar and put them into the 12 days of Christmas playlist.
Please… Buy Christian First. It is one step to economic recovery — and just in time for Christmas.
James Burkhardt, Founder and Host