Do Spirituality and Business Mix?

Some say that spirituality and business should never mix. I disagree.

Praying Hands with Holy Bible

In fact, I don’t think it’s possible to keep the two separate. Everyone is in possession of some form of spirituality-some form of experience or set of beliefs about the things we refer to as “spiritual” things. Even if you are an atheist, your experience of spirituality is clear, if only by its absence.

Whatever your spirituality, it cannot help but inform the way you do business. In fact, it cannot help but inform the way you do life.

So the question is not: does spirituality have a place in business, the question is… are we going to talk about it? Are we going to admit it? Are we going to “own” our beliefs and our spirituality, and do so openly and honestly?

Or, as some suggest, should we make this a case of “don’t ask, don’t tell?”

I welcome your comments.

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24 thoughts on “Do Spirituality and Business Mix?

  1. Hi Ray,
    I believe that when you are connected to your spirituality which for me is who I am at my core then you open your self to greater things and greater connections with the divine and your market.

    Many people preach hiding your lights beneath bushels but that only creates darkness.

    Bless you,

    Michael

  2. Ray,

    As you say, how can we separate who we are from what we do? If we are truly spiritual beings who have a mind/soul and live in a body, then if we act in discord to our spiritual core, how is that really going to benefit us? When that happens we become the hypocrites that unbelievers accuse us of being.

  3. My fear here is that if there is a spiritual disconnect between two people trying to do business together, should they not pursue it? I don’t do business exclusively with democrats or republicans, why should my spiritual beliefs be any different?

    It seems too easy to use a religious litmus test as a way to discriminate.

    •  Damien, it’s a good point of discussion. Of course we all “discriminate” every day in business. Discrimination in and of itself is not a bad thing. If I choose not to do business with you because your prices are too expensive for my budget, I have discriminated. I only point this out because I believe the actual definition of the word discriminate has been blurred in the mind of most people.
       
      That being said, I do believe I take your meaning. I absolutely do not refuse to do business with people simply because they are atheists, or of some other faith that is different from mine. I don’t advocate using religious faith as a litmus test for whether or not I will do business with someone. Jesus teaches me that I am to love my neighbor as myself. He didn’t say that my neighbor had to go to the same church.

  4. Whatever you do in word or deed do ALL in the Name of the Lord. Isn’t business included in that whatever? I think so!

  5. Great Post…I’m not sure if Spirituality and Business mix. Instead of “Spirituality”, I would say that “Morals, Values and Ethics” mix with Business. For example, an evangelical Christian and an atheist may both conduct business exactly the same – with the highest of standards – yet “Spiritually” they are light years apart. …..Granted, our morals, values and ethics are usually a reflection of our Spirituality, but establishing a direct corretlation is virtually impossible.

  6. My faith in God gives me confidence to do advertising in a way that’s right; because there’s definitely a wrong way. Plus, my experience with Christian apologetics prepares me to ask good questions, have a good BS detector and tell when a client isn’t telling me all the info I need to create a good strategy for them. After all, there’s not much clients try to get past you (because they don’t think it’s important) that I haven’t seen in apologetics discussions.

    Thoughtful Christianity is a huge advantage in life.

    •  Chris, what a unique insight into how your face contributes to your daily life. I never thought of apologetics operating as a tool that could help someone in that way. Delightful!

  7. So good to see this thread. You guys live in a far less secular world than we do here in the UK where mixing business with Christ is largely seen as being ‘bad form’…which is why I wear a cross on my lapel (with my BNI badge!) my faith on my sleeve. It’s time to stand up and be counted…which shouldn’t be hard, as all we have to do is love!

    •  Amen, and agreed! While I never try to shove my beliefs down anyone’s throat, I will also never hide the most important relationship in my life-my relationship with Jesus Christ. God save the Queen!

  8. I believe they do mix. That’s the way you live, and it’s reflected on what you do at your business for sure. If you’re a christian, you won’t steal and won’t lie. If you’re a muslim, you won’t steal, but lie is a good thing when you do it for those who do not believe in Allah. Some don’t speak about their religion on their business, and I think it’s ok.
    Jake

    •  Jake, you make a good point. If we have a deep abiding faith, it cannot help but inform the actions that we take in every area of our life. To pretend otherwise is to be disingenuous.

  9. Ray, Great post!! If you are a true believer, then they have to mix. I believe that as I serve others with the service that I provide, ultimately I work for God and Jesus.

    I was in a unique position as a general sales manager of an automotive dealership and I had three sales people who were Born Again Christians, which in the end resulted in me coming back to the Lord. Anyway, through my observation and sales tracking, these three outsold the other sales people substantially.

    And even between them, the one who was walking the path to most, out sold the others, had happier customers and made more money. I know him personally and I know that 10% of that money ended up in the collection plate every week without fail.

    He is still at that dealership and is still the most successful sales person they have and his walk with Jesus is tighter then it was when I was there.

    He also witnessed to the customers who gave him the opportunity as well. And for as long as I was working with him, he never offended anyone.

    Thank you for the post.

    Here’s to Your LifetoSuccess,

    John Clark

    •  @lifetosuccess  John, thanks for your thoughtful addition to this discussion. Thanks especially for sharing a specific story about how this plays out in real life.

  10. Ray, I belive God wants our light to shine forth through us.  Now whether it is throuh our business or through us as we grocery shop doesn’t matter. Our light needs to shine forth. I may not blurt out or wave red flags that I am a Christian but if I feel a nudging, I speak.

  11. They mix because we build relationships at work. If those relationships see Christ’s love in you then the kingdom grows. I always see my workplace as the place to show Chris’s love and folks see it and want to know more.