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By Steve Higginbotham
October 9, 2004
Not long ago I heard a man talking
about some rather shady business practices in which he was
involved. That a man would be dishonest in business shouldn't be
all that shocking to me, but this man was a Christian. When asked
about how he could conscientiously engage in such activities, he
said, "Business is business, and religion is religion."
Just last night, I heard a man say
that he believes life begins at conception, but supported the
right of women to abort their babies. He made it clear that his
stance was due to the fact that his religious convictions were
religious convictions, but had nothing to do with politics and the
laws of the land.
The above are examples
of compartmentalized religion. For many people religion is only a
part of their being. It only impacts what they do on Sunday. It
has no impact on their business ethics, their relationship with
their neighbors, or their politics.
As convenient as compartmentalized
religion may be for some, it just doesn't pass the test of
Scripture. Jesus said that if you wanted to be his disciple you
had to give all your heart to him, not just a small compartment
Don't try to short change God with
this compartmentalized view of religion. If you're a Christian,
you've sold out to God completely - body, soul, and spirit, it all
belongs to him. Don't try and cheat God of what is rightfully his.
Copyright © 2004, South Green Street Church of Christ,
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