Does it all Add Up?
I have found people are often careless in their business dealings. Either they are too trusting or too lazy to check out all of the relevant facts in a situation. They don’t try to verify that everything adds up. They blindly assume everything being presented to them is correct. Although I have mentioned this several times before, I’m going to mention it again: Never assume what I’m saying in this book is correct. Take the time to check it out for yourself.
There is an old adage, "Let the buyer beware." Everyone has an agenda; some are honorable and others are not. When someone is trying to sell you something, be careful not to blindly accept what they are telling you. Do your homework. You need to ask questions and verify what you have been told. Don’t automatically assume what the salesman is showing you is actually what you have been looking for. Seldom will a salesman voluntarily tell you about the problems and deficits of the item you are looking at.
Anyone who has shopped for a cell phone knows how difficult a task this can be. There are dozens of companies, and each company has a wide variety of plans. Some companies literally have hundreds of plans to choose from.
On top of this confusion, most companies have obscure rules that can cost you hundreds of dollars. It is easy to get hit with large phone bills simply because you incorrectly assumed certain things were covered.
Most companies have brochures explaining each of their plans. If you carefully read the fine print you would find most of the things you need to know. One of the national companies I was looking at had a notable absence of specifics. It was very difficult to determine what was and wasn’t covered with each plan. The only way you could find out anything was by asking a salesman. Unfortunately, I kept getting conflicting information from the different salesmen.
Finally, I was able to talk to the manager of the region. When I asked him about the absence of documentation, he was surprised I even cared. He was rather put out that I wanted to know exactly what the plans covered. When I pressed him on the absence of documentation he said, "They run so many different promotions, it would be difficult to try to keep them all in print." He wasn’t impressed when I told him all of the other national companies have been able to do it.
The thing I found most disturbing in my search for a cell phone was the phrase, "I don’t know. I’ve never been asked that before." Many of my questions that prompted this response were basic questions everyone should have been asking. These were issues that could easily cost people hundreds of dollars. I find it scary so many people are blindly opening up cell phone accounts without knowing the important facts.
As Christians, we should carefully evaluate all of our doctrinal positions. We should make sure everything adds up and fits in with the rest of the Bible. I have found many Christians take the same approach to their doctrinal stance as people do with their cell phone plans. Christians really need to be more careful. They need to verify that everything adds up.
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