The continuation of how Mary Kay Inc.’s god is nothing but a cheap imitation, just like their prizes.
3. Corporate’s god thinks manipulation is awesome.
Two points from your upline drive home this point like no other: The first is a suggestion on how to counteract the objection, “I need to talk things over with my husband,” via NSD Cindy Fox:
“Let’s fill out the paperwork, get your check, and I’ll hold it for a day until you’ve talked to him. I bet with your charm, you can usually persuade him to your way of thinking, right?”
The second gem is on the first page of the Career Essentials “Conversations” booklet that’s found inside every Starter kit:
“One of the most important aspects of your Mary Kay business is knowing the right words to say to help YOU achieve the results YOU desire.” (emphasis mine)
Yup. This business is all about YOU. Oh sure, there’s no “I” in team and all that, but let’s face it, if you want to make the standard-issue Mary Kay dream of becoming an NSD, if it is to be, it’s up to you, sister! And the way to do that is to follow Corporate’s mantra of “Find a way, make a way!”
For a clear picture of how God views manipulation, we turn again to the Bible – the story of Ahab and Jezebel in 1 Kings 21.
In short, Ahab wanted Naboth’s vineyard. Naboth told Ahab to go take a flying leap. Ahab gets bummed out. Jezebel tells Ahab, “Cheer up; I’ll get that vineyard for you.”
Jezebel implemented her plan: She wrote letters to the elders in Naboth’s city; in them, she instructed, “Proclaim a fast and make Naboth look like a god.” Jezebel sent two witnesses along and told them to say that Naboth was committing blasphemy by making himself look like a god.
Jezebel found a way and made a way; Naboth got stoned and Ahab got the vineyard. In the end, however, Jezebel’s own guards tossed her out of a window and once the dogs got done with her, all that was left was her skull, her feet, and the palms of her hands.
Jezebel’s manipulation got her a temporary victory, all right, but at what price?
4. Corporate’s god does not want you to question him.
Corporate’s god constantly stresses that you are not to poison your mind with any information that is not Mary Kay sanctioned. “Listen to motivational tapes and/or MK training CDs. Take a Mental B.A.T.H. every single day. And for goodness sake, avoid THAT website with THOSE people.”
Sheesh, wouldn’t you agree that that’s an awful lot of emphasis on something that is supposed to rank a distant third in “God first, Family second, Mary Kay third?” That’s because it doesn’t matter. Every link in the “God first” motto IS Mary Kay. “God” is Corporate’s god, “Family” is the web of NSDs, Directors, and IBCs, and Mary Kay is what it is! Dear consultants, don’t you see? Corporate has you lock, stock, and barrel!
What if you have a legitimate concern regarding your Mary Kay venture, such as market saturation? Forget it. I guarantee if you ask your upline, “Hey, there’s 20 consultants living on my street alone; I think I’m going to have a spot of trouble booking classes,” you are going to be met with a canned statement along the lines of, “Just beeelieeeveee!”
You’ll be pleased to learn that the God of the Bible encourages questions and research. Isaiah 1:18 says, “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord.” In Luke 14:28, Jesus says, “For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost?”
Anything that is secure in its identity – be it a business or God Himself – will never have problems with people asking questions or researching it for themselves. Why? It’s because that entity has nothing to hide.
5. Corporate’s god wants to be God.
Not only that, Corporate’s god wants to be YOUR god. He wants you to follow him completely in the guise of “enriching women’s lives.” In return, you’ll be given the Cinderella Lifestyle you’ve always wanted (but only if you do enough stuff, mind you!)
Can you see Corporate’s god highlighted in the devil himself in Matthew 4:8,9? Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them. And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.
Have you fallen down and worshipped Corporate’s god in the hopes that you’ll live that lavish NSD lifestyle? Don’t lose hope, dear seeker. The God of the Bible says in Isaiah 43:11: “I, even I am the Lord, and beside me there is no savior.” Sorry, Corporate; your god is nothing more than a cheap imitation, not unlike the chintzy wholesale prizes you bait women with in your little “challenges.”
Today is your day, woman of strength. Turn your back on Corporate’s god, smash his altars, reject his precepts, and throw the tools of his worship right back in his lying face. You have nothing to lose and a renewed life to gain.