Archive for August, 2014
I love my business.
And I live out my faith in every area of my life.
Lately, the success of small business largely depends on your support of an agenda. If you support it, you’re cool, and you survive. But if you don’t, they’ll boycott you, call you names, sue you, and hit you where it hurts.
Have we become a business and commerce unfriendly culture in America? It sure feels that way! The freedom to build a small business and become successful in it is tied to the support of an agenda. If you adopt it, you’ll survive. If not, you’ll likely face penalties, lawsuits and hate-charges that will ensure you fail.
This is a mountain facing all small business owners, yet it conflicts with the right to religious freedom. Where we once bought into the American Dream to create the impossible with the freedoms we had, we now have to fear being put out of business because of the the same freedoms we’re losing. There is a mountain in the way of small business.
If someone is offended, you can easily be put out of business:
No shirt, no shoes, no service. Someone doesn’t like it—look out! You must serve everyone or face consequences.
You don’t bake a cake for a same-sex couple?
You won’t rent out your facilities?
You won’t support us?
You’re a conservative Christian and hold onto certain religious beliefs that prevent you from serving everyone?
You’re being discriminatory. Watch out…you’re an easy target.
The following was copied and pasted from the ACLU:
Visit their website to learn more and take action now.
WHAT IS RELIGIOUS FREEDOM EXACTLY?
The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution says that everyone in the United States has the right to practice his or her own religion, or no religion at all.
Our country’s founders — who were of different religious backgrounds themselves — knew the best way to protect religious liberty was to keep the government out of religion. So they created the First Amendment — to guarantee the separation of church and state. This fundamental freedom is a major reason why the U.S. has managed to avoid a lot of the religious conflicts that have torn so many other nations apart.
The Establishment Clause of the First Amendment prohibits government from encouraging or promoting (“establishing”) religion in any way. That’s why we don’t have an official religion of the United States. This means that the government may not give financial support to any religion. That’s why many school voucher programs violate the Establishment Clause — because they give taxpayers’ money to schools that promote religion.
The Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment gives you the right to worship or not as you choose. The government can’t penalize you because of your religious beliefs.
It just blows my mind after reading the above statement, “The government can’t penalize you because of your religious beliefs.” Everyday people who own businesses are being penalized. These are no small penalties either. Here’s just one example. Religion is not something you box and live separately. It’s not what you do on Sundays. It’s who you are always. Our religion and faith can carry over into many other parts of our lives. Are they really asking us to believe one thing and live out another knowing it completely goes against our faith-based foundations? It sure seems that way! And we’re being penalized for standing our ground, firmly in our beliefs, as we live out our life areas: at home, at work, and in many other areas. There needs to be protection for all to live, work, and play freely. These protections should not exist for some; they stand for all.
Please note: This is not about being prejudice or racist against any person or group. It is merely about holding onto the rights and freedoms of people and their businesses, and their “protected” religious freedom.
Same ‘ol, same ‘ol.
Does this have to be so boring?
Though we have activities and responsibilities in life we don’t enjoy doing, we can find ways to make them tolerable. You know what I’m talking about. The constant cleaning, cooking, mowing of weeds in your yard, bill paying, car washing, and picking ticks off your dog type of activities that leave us wishing we had something exciting to do, so we could legitimately procrastinate doing them.
So, can you create fun in the midst of the boring and mundane?
Listen in now…
Are you stuck in a state of whine?
Has someone encouraged you to get to the nearest toy box instead?
Have you tried something and failed? And adopted an attitude of failure for your life?
As I sat in a waiting room, I had the opportunity to observe the cutest 3 year old boy. He was trying to piece Legos together to match a vision in his head but wasn’t having much luck. After several attempts and failures to build his dream, he started whining. Eventually, I observed him moving to discover new toys and finding new successes. He left that failure and frustration behind and discovered all the joy in the toy box that awaited him. And it was amazing!
I wondered: As adults, do we learn to stay in our whiny states of defeat and adopt our failures as the attitude of our lives? Or do we move on to enjoy what’s next in life? Do we stop living? Or do we return to the toy box of life to try something new and find a new source of enjoyment?
Listen in for a great dose of encouragement! It will make you think!