Free Men and Women, living in the light of the Gospel,
aiming for the glory of our King, Jesus Christ.
Old America is a private company providing a marketplace for premium products created, made, or produced by the hands of people who care deeply about what they do and why they do it. At the core of our company is our beliefs. The following describes our foundation for all of life, which includes our work. All scripture references are from the NKJV Bible.
The Tree of Righteousness:
According to the Gospel of Luke 4:16-21: “So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord. Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him. And He began to say to them, ‘Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing’”.
If you go back to the book of Isaiah, chapter 61 and continue reading where Jesus left off, it says: “And the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; to appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He might be glorified.” Isaiah 61:1-3.
The Root of the Matter:
At the root of all that is evil is sin, that inward rebellion against our Creator. Sin is in all of us, as the ten commandments reveal, and has a way of taking dominion over us, permeating everything in our life. In fact, it becomes the very root of our life, enslaving us to it. And because God is holy, perfect, and just, our rebellion carries a penalty nothing short of death, and eternal damnation in Hell. God loves justice and we are guilty, standing condemned, awaiting the judgment day of God. In the meantime, our sin continues to erode our life, with guilt and shame weighing heavy, leaving us poor, brokenhearted, captive, blind and oppressed. But, as John the Baptist said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world” John 1:29. “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” 2 Cor 5:21. This is the gospel, that Jesus Christ died for our sin, was buried, rose from the grave, and ascended on high. Which means He is the King of kings and Lord of lords. Anyone who by faith bows the knee, confesses Jesus as their Lord, and repents of their sin, will become one with Christ; and through this union, become the righteousness of God. Christ took our punishment and bore on Himself the wrath of God that we deserve. In Christ, guilt and shame can be forgotten because we no longer stand condemned. When this happens, we become “born again”. Our sin has been pardoned and with the power of the Holy Spirit, can be subdued. No longer are we slaves of sin; Christ has set us free! By taking away our sin, the root of our lives now becomes Christ. What does life look like where sin no longer has dominion? Ashes turn to beauty, mourning turns to joy, heaviness turns to praise; we have been born again. This mighty work of redemption is like the planting of a tree, a tree of righteousness. And for what purpose? What have we been set free for? Well just as trees are planted to bear fruit, so we should be fruitful.
Aiming for Glory:
Amen you may say, but what does this have to do with our business? As Christians, everything we are, is a part of that tree: our hearts, our minds, our bodies, our words, our relationships, our morals, our politics, our vocation, and our business- they are all simply branches of the same tree. You see, just as sin affects everything, the gospel changes everything! And thus, everything should glorify God.
Can our earthly work bring glory to God? Well, we were created to glorify Him, and then instructed to work six days out of seven. Not only can our work glorify God, but it is what we should spend most of our time focusing on. We believe all work can and should be done for Him; and when done in such a way, it is glorious to the Lord. And so, at Old America, we are committed to create and sell products, provide services, and conduct our business while looking to the word of God for our standards. What does this look like?
The following is a list of our company standards:
Strive for Excellence: We take our work seriously, doing our best and striving for excellence, knowing our skills are gifts from God.
- “Six days thou shall labor and do all your work” Exodus 20:9
- “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not to men.” Colossians 3:23
- “Do you see a man who excels in his work? He will stand before Kings; he will not stand before unknown men”. Proverbs 22:9
- “And He has filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom and understanding, in knowledge and all manner of workmanship” Exodus 35:31
Have Integrity: We strive to conduct all our business affairs with honesty and integrity. And that is also why we offer a complete satisfaction guarantee.
- “Dishonest scales are an abomination to the Lord, but a just weight is His delight.” Proverbs 11:1 (NKJV)
- “To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice”. Proverbs 21:3
- “Let integrity and uprightness preserve me, for I wait for You.” Psalm 25:21
Be Industrious: Our attitude towards work is that it is good, and Godly. We do not serve a God of idleness, but of mighty works; and so, we should imitate Him. Afterall it is through the work of God that we are saved, in order that we may also work. And so we should enjoy work, and its fruits.
- Ephesians 2:10 “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”
- 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 “that you also aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you, that you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and that you may lack nothing.”
- 2 Thessalonians 3:7-10 “For you yourselves know how you ought to follow us, for we were not disorderly among you; nor did we eat anyone’s bread free of charge, but worked with labor and toil night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you, not because we do not have authority, but to make ourselves an example of how you should follow us. For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat”.
- Ecclesiastes 5:18-20 “Here is what I have seen: It is good and fitting for one to eat and drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labor in which he toils under the sun all the days of his life which God gives him; for it is his heritage.
- 1 Chronicles 22:16b “Arise and begin working, and the Lord be with you.”
Work Constructively: We should be constructive in our work, multiplying what God has given us. Our work should provide a product or service that will improve the life of and be for the betterment of our neighbors.
- “Then God blessed them, and God said to them: Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it” Genesis 1:28
- “For all of the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Galatians 5:14
- “So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’ His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ Matthew 25:20-21
Build for Longevity: We are hopeful about the future, and all our work should be done with the future in mind. We should build things that last and will be impactful to even our grandchildren.
- “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.” Colossians 3:23-24.
- “A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children”. Proverbs 13:22
Work with Joy: In all that we do we should be joyful.
- Ecclesiastes 5:20 “As for every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, and given him power to eat of it, to receive his heritage and rejoice in his labor-this is the gift of God. For he will not dwell unduly on the days of his life, because God keeps him busy with the joy of his heart.”
- “Do not sorrow for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10b
- “Rejoice always” 1 Thess. 5:16
Rest: We believe it is important to rest from our work.
- “For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore, the Lord blessed the sabbath and hallowed it.” Exodus 20:11
“For of Him, and through Him, and to Him, are all things: to whom be glory forever. Amen.” Romans 11:36.