Robert Alexander Crookston Laidlaw
Robert Alexander Crookston Laidlaw CBE (1885 – 1971) was a New Zealand business man who founded the Farmers Trading Company, one of the largest department store chains in New Zealand. He was also a Christian writer and philanthropist.
His most significant quote on Christianity is about the practice of tithing; 'From the earliest stage of my business, I tithed and received God's blessing and wisdom. But, at the same time I knew from the parable of the seeds that the Lord wishes our crop to be bountiful so it blesses him but it is a sin to harvest the crop too early, so initially my tithes were small and gifts of love and I felt God's blessing on my work. Later, when my business was a success my tithes were bountiful and I was blessed again'.
He wrote the short book 'The Reason Why', which has over 50 million copies in print.
In 2008, the Bible College of New Zealand renamed itself Laidlaw College in recognition of his role as one of the College's founders, and because of "his significant influence in both society and church".
In 1935, Laidlaw was awarded the King George V Silver Jubilee Medal. In the 1955 New Year Honours he was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for social welfare and philanthropic services.
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