Faith lived out at work inevitably leads to tough choices. For some it may mean risking ridicule for turning down dishonest gain. Others may forfeit promotion -- or even lose a job -- for drawing a line in the sand between right and wrong.
For Bob Rowling it means many things, including the decision he made to spend millions to remove “Adult Programming” from Omni Hotels. In a recent interview with the Dallas Morning News, Rowling commented on his decision to remove X-rated movies from Omni rooms.
“That was probably more of a personal decision … I’m not a purist. There were ‘R’-rated movies, and we saw it move more and more to hard core pornography and that was just something we didn’t think was good for our customers, our families. We had a few associates who said ‘This is going to cost us some business.’ But by in large, the Omni associates have been proud of that decision.
“It cost us money because we had to go buy all of our own TVs. Back in those days, the providers of the in-room movies would pay for all of your televisions. So we spent millions of dollars buying our own televisions.
“I don’t think it cost us any business. …. There were literally tens of thousands of letters of support.”
A narrow strip of paper with Acts 20:24 is taped on his stand-up desk as a daily reminder of his mission.
But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.