FAITHFULNESS BUILDER. Faithfulness means you stick to one. Practicality mostly means you place your bet only on proven or potential winners. You fence-sit, wait for results, and then side with whatever comes out successful. Though true faithfulness should weigh this kind of practicality carefully, it should no doubt be wise. In fact, real faithfulness is practical.
Here’s what I mean. If you are spiritually practical and wise, you’d place all your bet, as it were, on God. He’s a sure winner, though things may be rough and tumble at the moment. That’s faithfulness. But some ask, what if God were a failure? Would you still put your faith on him? God a failure? He’s already shown how things would end–with him as the sole winner. No use asking those kinds of questions.
Marrying someone entails the same practicality. You should place all your bet on someone who is a proven winner in your eyes. We each have certain standards for winning and when we see the person who passes the standards, we place our bet on him or her and we stick to the end. That’s practical and wise faithfulness. The problems begin when we place our bet on sub-standard qualities and then try being faithful to that. God wants nothing but the best for us, not “second” bests. It’d be hard being loyal to “second” bests because there’s no such thing.
However, when it comes to mundane loyalties–like loyalty to a company, organization, or even church–practical and wise faithfulness should be to principles of moral values, not the organization. Principles of truth. I’ve seen people stick with an organization or company even when it already does wrong and stands for what is wrong. They even cover it up and apply cosmetics to hide its rottenness. And then they claim its faithfulness. Even some churches does this.
Be able to differentiate between faithfulness and fanaticism. Faithfulness is always grounded on truth. Fanaticism is mere veneration of pride. It’s when people pool their ego together and form an idol out of that. They’d defend it with their lives and resources and claim it is faithfulness to a moral principle. But it’s nothing but idolatry.
When a company or organization does wrong, real faithfulness is to stick to truth and moral principles. That’s when principled employees start questioning management and the owner, and later, when worse comes to worse, leave the organization. Some would say that no matter what, they’d stick to the company. What they mean is, their loyalty is to the building that houses the company or organization. The term “company” or “organization” always refers to the people running it, especially the owners, not the building. So you can’t say you don’t like management but you like the company. If you stick to it, you’re not being faithful; you’re being blind and will probably turn corrupt later as well without realizing it.
But remember, before questioning anything, your suspicions should be substantiated. You should have proofs.
As Long as The Company Owner is Good
You can remain faithful to a company or organization if the owner remains true to company ideals even if there’s corruption in the management. In this case, it’s wrong to be loyal to your crooked manager or supervisor because doing so makes you a traitor to the company. On the other hand, if the company is downright crooked, it’s useless being loyal to a righteous supervisor or manager.
So, going back to faithfulness to God, what good would it be to stick to a “good” local church when the church denomination runs contrary to God’s will in the bible?