How To Conquer, In Love
September 2, 2010 by Matthew Gillogly
As I suspected, my article “Priests Pray, Kings Conquer” has lent itself to a number of comments. Some encouraging, others not so encouraging.
The great thing about this blog is it’s not written for public approval or for theological correctness. Frankly, I could care less. (Bob cares more than I do, for the record.) My goal is get you all to think, by sharing my personal journey of being a believer and running/owning a business.
Over the years, many have asked for principles or step by step to implement running a Christian business. Instead of principles, I find it better to share examples, allowing you to form your own processes. Let me explain what I mean.
In case you didn’t know this, our special forces in the US Military are the tip of the spear. The Navy SEALS, US Rangers, Green Beret, etc are on the front lines of the battle for our countries freedom.
If you’ve ever read any of the books (Chosen Solider, Lone Survivor) you would realize the overwhelming majority of our Special Forces soliders are believers. They are highly trained in numerous different skills. They can fire any gun, create bombs, survive the in the wilderness and are very smart. In many cases these young men are highly intelligent, many attending some of our best Universities.
When we insert special forces into say.. Afghanistan, it’s not how you would think. The members of the special forces grow beards like the locals, dress in the garb of the locals, eat their foods, speak their language, observe their customs. They do not come in like in the movies and blow the crap out of everything. They assimilate into the society and become one of the locals. Building trust, helping out the locals and being of value to the community. All with a gun by their side just in case.
They conquer in love.
Occasionally they will get into fire fights. They will be attacked. Guess what they do… they fight back. If shot at, they fire back, they kill their enemy. And if the enemy is wounded and when the fire fight is done, they offer medical services to the wounded enemy.
In WW II in the European theater, this was a common approach. The US Military would engage the enemy and after we won, we would then start helping their wounded survive, by offering medical treatment. One minute the solider was trying to kill the man, then next minute trying to save their life.
You see, we all want a set of principles and list of things to do as business owners. How much debt, if any should I have. What kind of compensation, what to do if a fellow believer does wrong, should we go public or not go public, how to handle unruly customers, blah, blah, blah.
Here’s my advice. If you are doing business with a company that doesn’t even remotely know God. Maybe they have orgies in the office. Instead of not doing business with them, why not engage them in business. Why not come in and become special forces for the Kingdom of God. It’s what Paul, John, Peter and others did. Just don’t engage in the orgies.
Don’t invite them to a Bible study. Just love them in the process they are in. Win their trust, do business with the company. Get to know the people you are in contact with at the company. Don’t have an agenda, just engage them in a conversation. Bring the Kingdom in that fashion.
If you are buying out an evil company, just take dominion. Do the deal, then gently over time, expose them to the teachings. Don’t use “Jesus said… or in John 12:3 -10… Just love them well.”
Some of you may say, I’m denying Christ. I’m not. I just have found it’s a whole lot easier to make in roads with people when you have their trust and aren’t playing the Jesus card.
Think of the special forces. Love these people. That’s Jesus called us to do. Love our neighbor as ourselves. Your neighbor can be the guy who is cheating on his wife, surfing porn and cheating the company finances. He may be your contact and direct person. Just love him well.
That’s just one way to conquer.