Doing business with non-believers.

I would like to know if a Christian could be a businessman and associate with a non-believers in a business matter. Thank you, and may God bless You.

We had a similar question some time ago regarding whether a believer can marry an unbeliever.

There are a couple of Bible texts that would lead us to caution in this area: The most famous one is 2 Corinthians 6.14

The King James Version (and the Greek) talk of being unequally yoked, in the same way that a farmer would not put a donkey and an ox on the same yoke to pull his plough. The results for him would not be very satisfactory. They pull at different rates with different strengths. They might also be tempted to fight against each other.

The caution here is that if you are entering into a business partnership, you want to ensure that your partner has the same ethical code as you. Whether or not the partner is a Christian, do they uphold and live by the principles you value in the Ten Commandments and in Jesus' sermon on the mount?

The second text is Matthew 6:24:

'No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.'

From your email I am presuming that your Christianity is not just a one-day-a-week affair, but is something that flows though your whole being and life. That means that your ultimate aim in life is not building an empire for yourself, but, while running a successful business, to share the joy you have found in Christianity with those around you. Jesus' parable of the rich landowner is a good example of a businessman with the wrong priorities (Luke 12:16-21) That may mean you want to invest some of your business profits into Christian projects. I am sure it means you want to pay tithe. Your primary focus is on God. Your money is a means to an end.

Francy (.

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