"hey- you should use my 'christian auto-body shop'- the official auto-body shop of the vatican!"

in our often silly world of cultural christianity, we talk about “christian movies” or Christian music”. when we tell others about a great book we are reading and its captivating plot, one of the first questions asked is “is it a christian book?”

much less often do we hear of people going to a “christian mechanic”  or a “christian grocery store”. i have never been asked “is that christian bologna you are eating??”

for some reason we have relegated “christianity” to professions as if the person’s faith makes them more or less qualified to do their job well. i suggest that we have the formula backwards, if not fundamentally wrong. because we are christians, we should be the best bank teller, grocery store owner, school teacher, musician, etc. we can be- not to drum up more business, but because we should do everything for the glory of god an as if we are doing it for him alone. (1 cor. 10:31; Col. 3:17, 23-24) we should be defined primarily by our faith, not using it as an adjective to describe what kind of job we have.

i don’t care if you are also a christian preacher, wrote left behind vol. 13, or your church is filming “facing your lions: the story of a zookeeper who finds christ on christian family day”! if you are a terrible heart surgeon i will go to someone who is better qualified with a proven track record of success (even an unbeliever!)before i let you cut me open and dig around inside me!

that being said, we should always be about the business of “being a christian”, even if we are not in a “christian business”. we are full time christians who are also employees, owners, managers, etc.

consider this example (ht: z) of an anchorman on a news channel that is not on a “christian station”, nor he is the newscaster on a “christian news show”. yet when asked his opinion on a recent headline, he did not hide his faith- nor did he interject it recklessly. he simply gave his opinion, which was grounded in the gospel. we can all learn from this example. we don’t have to be a minister, a deacon, a sunday school, or even a “christian book store owner” to take advantage of an opportunity to speak the truth of the gospel into ordinary, daily situations. you can even do it if you’re a “secular newsman”.