Christians in the Marketplace
© Nicki Black
December 4, 2018:
My husband and I have been business owners for 23 years. We're in technology and design, music and media, and publishing. We've kept true to our mission from the very beginning - to not compromise, to be a light in a dark world, and to use our talents given from God, to outwardly honor God. In other words, we don't mute who we are, or why we do what we do.
So why aren't we seeing more Christian products in the marketplace? Including the arts? That's a fairly straightforward answer; because Christians are using their talents without giving bold and public credit to the One who gave them the talents in the first place.
What are Christians producing with their talents? Art inspired from their testimony or His Word? Movies that have a strong undercurrent of honor and Biblical principles? What about music? What about books? Games? Are Christians creating things that raise the measure and plumb line in the culture, or things that have no forward impact for the Kingdom, and it's just more of the same?
When we stay silent and hidden, the world will never see the goodness and supernatural power of God. They'll never see how He can transform a life. They'll never see that He is love, healing, and wholeness. They'll only see the lack in the world, and continue searching for ways to fill the voids in their lives. When we are intentional not to bring our testimony into our art and talents, we are lukewarm. We have no voice. We have no influence.
We were all bought with a price. There is only one you to fulfill your destiny. Don't take your identity in Christ lightly. For such a time as this, YOU are here on this earth for a purpose. Your children are on this earth to lead their generation, and it's critical they see Christ modeled at home, in their relationships and passions, and in the marketplace.
The world is desperately seeking for peace, encouragement, morality, and love. Being a carbon copy of what the world is already familiar with will never change the course, culture, heart and trajectory of a nation. Never.