My company was heavily involved in nightlife graphic design. We were the leaders in designing the flyers that would be distributed to promote the club’s events. See, even in my younger years I knew the importance of specializing ????
But with the nightlife came a perception that I could also design for strip clubs. After all, gentlemen’s clubs are nightlife too. We would also do work for gay and lesbian clubs. I’m ashamed to admit we also did some work for a short period of time for dating websites that had comprising photography. Whoever paid us would get flyers from us.
As I grew in my relationship with God, I became convicted of all this work, even the nightlife work. The conviction came because here I was Mr. Born Again playing for both the good guys and bad guys.
Most concerning to me was the example I was setting for my employees, the crew closest to me and witnessing my transformation.
We all have people watching us: our children, spouses, friends, family, vendors, employees, clients and contractors. As Christians we have burning magnifying glasses over our every move, especially from sceptics. God wants us to be leaders that will stand up for what’s right so that we can be great representations of him in the eyes of non believers.
As we continue to witness Nehimiah’s leadership throughout the rebuilding of the wall, we get to a point where he calls out the Jewish leaders for their wrongdoings in charging interest to their own people.
Nehemiah 5:9-11 says So I continued, “What you are doing is not right. Shouldn’t you walk in the fear of our God to avoid the reproach of our Gentile enemies? I and my brothers and my men are also lending the people money and grain. But let us stop charging interest! Give back to them immediately their fields, vineyards, olive groves and houses, and also the interest you are charging them—one percent of the money, grain, new wine and olive oil.”
The key here is the phrase “to avoid the reproach of our gentile enemies”. Other Christians showed me grace during my transformation and transition out of nightlife, but sceptics don’t know what grace is. They see things black and white, as it really is.
I eliminated doing any kind of work for strip clubs and eventually nightlife as a whole. I told my employees why I was doing it because they thought I was crazy letting go of the consistent money.
Is there anything in your business that makes you look bad, that makes people wonder, that makes you seem hypocritical in the eyes of your employees, vendors or clients?
We entrepreneurs are leaders. People look up to us. Let’s set the best example by eliminating any business practices that would be considered ungodly.