An Essay on Integrity, Holiness, and Justice
This is a summary of a paper I wrote for Indiana Wesleyan University.
Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this,” says the LORD of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows. Malachi 3:10
We believe in doing business differently; Straight talk, upfront pricing, no gimmicks.
Our Vision is to help forward America's energy independence through leadership, education, and guidance in fenestration, improved building performance and alternative energy sources.
Our Mission: To serve, by offering an easy shopping experience with straight talk, no gimmicks, and upfront pricing, to never compromise on product quality, installation, or service, and to treat everyone the way we want to be treated.
Our Passion is windows, doors, family, and happy satisfied customers.
Our Pledge: Deeds Not Words
|The Hartwell United Methodist Church where we attended for years had a Good Shepherd stained glass window like this. I need to stop, reflect, and examine if I am being a good shepherd to my family, friends, and mission.|
IntegrityIntegrity was impressed in me as doing the right thing when no one is looking. Merriam Webster describes it as firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values: Incorruptibility
Proverbs 11:1 “God hates cheating in the marketplace; He loves it when business is aboveboard.”
2 Corinthians 8:21 “We're being as careful in our reputation with the public as in our reputation with God.”
We put these principles out for the world to see. We see them every day. We come from an industry where to talk is to lie. Everyday you will see advertisements for buy one get one free, thirty, forty, fifty percent off, and free energy upgrades. At a company I was an officer for, every quarter we had a sales meeting to decide what our offer was going to be. The BBB does not like to see fake sales. I never sold anything at the regular price always giving my customers a discount of some kind. The reality is consumers are acclimated to a call of action, the strongest being a discount. In the home improvement game, you usually have to sit through a long sales demonstration before you can get to a price. If you are a better negotiator, you will pay less than you neighbor with the same house from the same company, the same salesperson. I believe it is glorified, acceptable, yet legal dishonesty.
I want to do business differently.
HolinessIf I was asked to describe Holiness I would say it meant to try to immolate the character and aspects of God; easier said than done.
Luke 6:45 “It's who you are, not what you say and do, that counts. Your true being brims over into true words and deeds.”
1 John 3:3 3 “All of us who look forward to his Coming stay ready, with the glistening purity of Jesus' life as a model for our own.”
My wife says no, but I want to have ‘deeds not words’ tattooed on my arm so I am always reminded that my words have power. They have the power to encourage or destroy, to lie, or tell the truth, to bless or to insult. It requires a conscious effort and emotional maturity to stand behind my word. I must have people, time management, and systems in place to remind me and to assist me in fulfilling my duties. I must put first things first and not allow myself to become distracted.
JusticeI always thought that justice meant you are going to get yours in the end.
1Corinthians 6:12 (The Message Bible) Just because something is technically legal doesn't mean that it’s spiritually appropriate. If I went around doing whatever I thought I could get by with, I’d be a slave to my whims.
Isaiah 56:1 1 "Guard my common good: Do what's right and do it in the right way, for salvation is just around the corner, my setting-things-right is about to go into action.”
These verses reflect a different view of justice for me; to treat everyone fairly, to respect everyone, and by doing my best, and giving the customer more than they paid for, I am glorifying God. I knew a vinyl siding crew where one of the men would urinate, before the insulation board went up, on any house that belonged to an African American family. That was one time and I believe it was legitimate, I exploded in anger. When it comes to justice I do not care who the person is, their green is as green as anyone else’s. Generally, drug dealers and other criminal elements do not buy home improvements anyway. I try to show justice by helping customers taken by non-reputable contractors and have appeared in court as a witness for. Justice also tells me to give back, to support charitable causes and to give my skills and talents to volunteer for God’s work and Great Commission.
I have been called a give away artist, weaker than water, and worse of all, AN ORDER TAKER!; because I find the ten step, one call close, buy tonight or lose this deal forever, I am not coming back, selling system distasteful and dishonest. These skilled closers, dedicated to accumulating money, did not know that the rules were going to change. My father would never be able to sell a young, professional, single woman; he would never understand that in today’s market women make 70% of all home improvement buying decisions. The internet has evened the playing field, justice at work.
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Jerry Hartman is an expert in fenestration, a 25 cent word for windows and doors, but novice at life. He is the owner of American Renovations Ltd. a remodeler specializing in commercial and residential windows, doors, insulated siding, metal roofing, and walk in tubs in Cincinnati Ohio. He may give you a better discount if you share your LEGO brand building block