The concept of a Christian Businessman can be understood in a number of ways. One may think of the term as implying a fellow who was a Christian and then became a businessman. Another could think of it as a businessman who does business with Christians (meaning he has to speak like them to get contracts). Some simply think of a Christian Businessman as one who prays before every deal.
The Prayer or the Game
Thinking of a Christian Businessman as one who prays before every deal is like thinking of a Christian as one who prays before every meal. Praying before deals and meals is great but cannot completely define a Christian or a Christian Businessman. I believe it is more important to Christ how the businessman who is professing His name conducts his business than whether there is morning devotion ever hour at the place of business. I think He is more interested in hearing Christian Businessmen asking what He wants to do through them than asking what He can do for them.
Christ the Businessman
Our contemplation would be: If Christ were a businessman how would He conduct His business? How would be price His products? To what extent would He lie about His capabilities? How would He treat His staff? How would He relate with African government officials and regulators. Often “Christian Businessmen” sink in the quagmire of “It is the way it is done!” without asking “where?”. The way it is done in Ghana? Nigeria? Africa? Asia? Or the way it is done in Heaven? How would business be done in Heaven, if any such thing exists?
The Grand Cover-up
I think everyone needs to be alert when people try to hoodwink them with religiosity. One who has never heard of Christ should be so impressed with the conduct, honesty, fairness, genuineness, diligence, excellence and so on of a Christian Businessman that he asks, “What is it that makes you behave this way?” Rather than the “Christian Businessman” boring him with empty religious words and cliches.
46 “Beware of the scribes, who desire to go around in long robes, love greetings in the marketplaces, the best seats in the synagogues, and the best places at feasts, 47 who devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. These will receive greater condemnation.” Luke 20:47