The thesis of this article is that Kingdom entrepreneurs represent an engine that can transform a nation from one of self-centered individuals to one of other-centered people who love God and each other. A transformed society is characterized by love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Gal 5:22); whereas an untransformed society is subject to sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery, idolatry and witchcraft, hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy, drunkenness, orgies, and the like (Gal 5:19-21).
We Christians are a strange lot. Frequently, we say we believe one thing but live out our lives quite differently. While hypocrisy is one thing, "spiritual blind-spots" are another. Problematic as hypocrisy is, it is not my concern in this article; rather, I am concerned with our "blind spots." A blind spot is an area of speech, action, or thinking that we have and practice which we simply don't see or acknowledge.
I began traveling and speaking about faith and work issues in 1996 after having a career in advertising. God led me to study the topic of faith and work and its role in the average person's life. I began writing and speaking on the subject. Since that time I have been in twenty-five countries and spoken to hundreds of thousands of people about their calling in the workplace and the value it has by God. I have encouraged believers to know that their calling in their working life is a Holy calling, not a second-class calling. Now, twenty-five nations later and ten books later, I have learned one overwhelming fact: Christians do not have a theology of work.
You may know from first-hand experience that conflict among Christians is costly. But just how costly is it? I admit that it is difficult to quantify the spiritual cost of conflict-how do you measure the pain, suffering, and diminished witness caused by Christians who fight one another? Yet as I've looked at several studies in the United States, I think that it is possible (and reasonable) to estimate the more tangible costs of conflict. I believe you will find it both eye-opening and sobering.
Conflict can be seen in two ways that are fundamentally different. One way is to look at it as an inevitable negative experience that we should simply endure. The other view of conflict sees it as an opportunity that God can use to accomplish much good.
It seems for some reason unknown to me that I have recently been placed in the company of a number of Christians who have presented me with a version of the following position as regards to witnessing - "I don't witness verbally, I just live my life (or let Christ live His life through me) and wait for others to see the difference in me and ask me why I am acting as I am." I call this the "walk-only" position on Christian witness. This is certainly not something new to me; I have heard it many times before. But at the moment I feel constrained to address it and to do so in the negative. As I do, please notice that for this segment I am speaking in the personal first person voice as I know, and want to stress, that this message applies to me as much as anyone.