“There are two great days in a person’s life – the day we are born, and the day we discover why.” William Barclay
When searching for the meaning of life, it’s especially challenging when we are conflicted about whether life has any meaning at all. Today we are operating in a world where more and more people choose to believe life comes with no expectation of prudence, purpose, or consequence, and their behavior is representative of those beliefs. Even the most ardent of Christians find themselves questioning their faith or value in times of turmoil, and one such moment came in my life in the summer of 2013.
It was a year of great political shifts in religious freedom for businesses and their owners. We were deep in the controversial Hobby Lobby case, where the company was trying to protect its right not to provide abortive contraceptives (only four out of the 20 methods listed) to employees, due to their closely held religious beliefs. In another case, Sweet Cakes Bakery in Gresham, Oregon, was sued by a homosexual couple for not providing services for their wedding. Finally, just the previous year Chick-Fil-A CEO Dan Cathy had his entire franchise boycotted because someone asked him about his personally held religious beliefs on traditional marriage. His answer created an uproar, even though he never applied his personal beliefs to the hiring and serving practices in his restaurants. As a country, the traditional Christian values and rights given to us by our creator that grew a nation to prosperity in 200 years were under attack, with no reprieve in sight. As a believer in God’s great power and His commitment to protect His flock, I called out to bring Him to task: “God, why are you allowing this to happen?!”
The answer I asked for was less than flattering and came to me clear as day: “Why are you?!”
I had a growing and impactful coaching and consulting practice, but for reasons of inclusion, and out of fear for the well-being of my family, we had chosen to brand ourselves as a secular business, even though the foundation of our model and the core of our family values were entrenched in our Christian faith. Up to that point, we were no different than the majority of other believers who subscribed to “doing the right thing” by not publicly opposing the beliefs of others, but instead allowing them to make (and live) with their own choices.
In that moment I realized that I, like so many others, contributed to this religious persecution and it was my responsibility to do something about it. Look Faith First was birthed from the fires of discontent and purposed toward the rebuilding of Christ’s impact on this world. Because of our call to feed the poor, clothe the naked, and to love and support the incarcerated and sick, we believe the best gift we can give to humanity is a thriving Christian business community. If, like us, you believe the world is a better place because of Christ’s presence, and that it will continue to blossom as more of His presence is felt throughout, then take action by learning more about us and sharing our cause with others. In doing so, you may be taking the first step to fulfilling your Purpose, too.
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