by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
“You may be a CEO who is a Christian, but not a Christian CEO.” These are the words that I believe eventually led to my husband’s departure from his company.
He had run a successful tech company for more than a decade, and 2020 was the most profitable year yet. However, identity politics led the company to value cultural compliance over performance. Like many other Christians, Andrew lost his position instead of his faith. We had prayed for God to deliver us and save us from losing the job and the many years we had invested, but he did not.
Within a few months of leaving the company, Andrew started a job board. He had been studying labor market data and seeing the pending labor shortage. This combined with the overwhelming woke culture dominating corporate America made a job board an obvious and strategic place to start the fight. He wanted those who value freedom of speech to be able to work with like-minded employers and colleagues rather than keeping their heads down and hoping they would not run afoul of their HR departments.
Redballoon.work was born in early August to provide an off-ramp for conservatives. Within a month, Joe Biden mandated vaccines in a press conference, which made political and religious compliance the pressing issue for millions of workers in this country.
RedBalloon is a small new start-up, not a large profitable tech business like Andrew has run in the past. However, in the few months he has been at this adventure, what has been obvious is that God did not deliver us when we asked — because he was redeploying us, as he is doing with many of his people.
No soldier complains about being “fired” from one base to move to another. It might not be what he wanted, but it is his duty as a soldier, and he may not shirk it.