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Mike the Car Salesman

Better to be a poor man who walks in his integrity than a rich man who was crooked in his ways.  Proverbs 28:6 ESV

While getting my car fixed at a car dealership, I noticed salesmen “licking their chops” over who was going to pounce on the customer checking out cars in their lot.

Perhaps all of us have faced this situation. When we purchase a car, we may have trouble finding a salesman who is honest and exhibits integrity. Often, instead of putting the customer first, many salesmen may ask, “What can I do to get a person to buy a car?” Unfortunately, car salesmen don’t have a good reputation.

In 200I, while listening to a Christian talk radio station, I heard about Mike, a car salesman. He was a Christian and called a “friend in the car business.” I decided to check him out. I found an honest man who had character and integrity and who was concerned that I find the right car for me, even if I had to buy it at a different dealership. He didn’t play the games that most car salesmen do. In fact, the issue of character was so important to him that he started his own radio show called, “Quest for Character.” 

As a Christian, Mike held on to integrity. He wanted to do what was right in the eyes of the Lord and not be “crooked in his ways.” Even though he faced pressure to sell cars and make money, Mike didn’t worry about money.

As believers, we need to do what is right, even if it costs us financially. It is better to be poor on this earth and have riches in heaven because we did right in the eyes of God. As Christians, we need to have integrity.

Are you willing to do what is right, even if it costs you?

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Ken Ebright

Ken Ebright is a former Minnesotan who lives in Belleville, Illinois. He plays a keyboard, sings in a men’s choir, and does street witnessing.