Now you may ask, “where did Andy come up with this topic and what could be similar between a Christian and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA)?” Well, I have a few ideas since I am both a Christian and a CPA. Bear with me and I hope that you are at least amused by my comparison.
I was attending a continuing professional education (CPE) seminar today. (In case you’re wondering, a CPA in Pennsylvania must earn 80 hours of CPE credits every two years to maintain his/her CPA license.) As I was sitting in my seat, these ideas came to my mind. I looked around at the other CPA’s in the room and felt a sense of community. Two groups of people who I feel at home with are my brothers and sisters in Christ and my fellow accountants. Both sets are a “peculiar people” to the outside world :-). When brothers and sisters in Christ live in community and help, support and encourage each other, it can be a powerful testimony to the unsaved world.
Both Christians and CPA’s are to adhere to a high set of standards. For Christians, the standard is Jesus Christ. We are called to follow him. The Bible is our resource for how to obtain eternal life and walk out our faith. The standards for CPA’s are spelled out in a written code. However, while God’s Word never changes the standards for CPA’s seem to be constantly changing!
The titles of Christian and CPA have both been damaged by scandals. We are aware of the moral failures of prominent public figures who profess faith in Christ. We are also aware of the famous accounting scandals that occurred at Enron and WorldCom, to name a few. The high-profile sins of a few overshadow the good of many diligent, faithful and honest Christians and accountants.
I am fulfilled in my roles as both a Christian and a CPA. I am proud to wear both titles. My primary identity is as a child of God through faith in Jesus Christ. I thank God that He called me and that I obeyed that call and believed in His Son, even after all of my rebellion, carelessness and apathy. I also thank God that He gifted me with the abilities and interest to be an accountant. I thank my wife that she encouraged me to pursue my certification when I didn’t have the confidence in myself. I am thankful that God has directed my path so that I can use my abilities and qualifications to earn income to provide for my family, further the Gospel of Jesus Christ and minister to others.
Well, this was just some ideas that came to my mind that I thought I would share with you. I’m off to bed to prepare for another fulfilling day (Lord willing) of being a Christian and a CPA.