I know a good Christian lady who cuts hair for a living. That’s how she makes a living. She is very good at it. I tend to wonder why Christians come to her shop they expect a "discount" just because they go to the same Church that she attends? There are some who refer to this practice as a "believer discount".
Now I am not opposed to finding discounts and deals, but not at someone else’s expense and not with Christianity as excuse. If someone decides that they want to give me a haircut at no charge, or half price, out of love, then that’s fine. But to just expect that Christian businesses are supposed to give discounts to all the "brothers and sisters" is not love.
For me to think that my Christian brothers and sisters are obligated to give me a cheaper price is selfish and it takes money away from them. Suppose you couldn’t find a Christian for the service or product you needed? What would you do? You would end up paying someone the price they charged.
Here’s a startling thought: pay your Christian brother or sister more than they normally charge! Now that’s a concept that has love written all over it. Why would you do that? First of all it is indeed a blessing to have a Christian provide a service or a product. If they operate their business with integrity and love, that love will have an impact on my life. Secondly, by believing God’s promises of abundance you can go over and beyond and give more to the person who is providing you the service or product especially when the person is less privileged. That increases their prosperity. But, if you have a poverty mentality, you are always looking for someone to charge you less for everything and expecting any Christian to give you a discount. Why not believe God’s promises of prosperity, receive His abundance, and then share that abundance with others?
ian businesses be the best businesses on the face of the earth? That takes a lot more than just having a Christian sounding name. It means quality work. It means integrity and honesty. It means operating biblical principles of giving more value. Having a Christian business reflects back on our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. As a matter of fact, whether we own a business or are simply employed by someone, the "Christian thing to do" is to work heartily, ethically, and honestly to the best of your ability, with the love of God. Our light should so shine that everybody, Christians and non-Christians alike will want our products and services.