Twice as committed

David and Jason Benham
Authors David Benham and Jason Benham speak onstage during the 3rd Annual KLOVE Fan Awards at the Grand Ole Opry House in May 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Photo: Rick Diamond/Getty Images for KLOVE

David and Jason Benham shared a womb, a room growing up and now an office. Between them, they have produced nine children, four books, a multi-million dollar empire and quite a bit of media controversy when they nearly got a reality TV deal but were knocked back because they were so outspoken about their faith.

The men grew up in Garland, Texas and both went on to play minor league baseball for a few years. David for the Boston Red Sox and St Louis Cardinals, and Jason for the Baltimore Orioles and then the Cardinals.

Jason retired to focus on his family but David thought that his destiny lay in major league baseball – until he was let go from the team and ended up working as a janitor for a while.

Now they live on the same street in Charlotte, North Carolina, where they began a real estate business from the ground up, without any formal business training.

"Serial entrepreneurs" the guys kept expanding their business interests into financial services, information technology and more, both domestically and abroad.

The identical looking, dynamic pair are also motivational speakers who talk and blog about family, faith, leadership and fitness.

In one of their interviews they state how, having grown up going to church, they gave their lives over to Jesus Christ at 12 years old. When they did so, their dad, who was a pastor and the one who led them to the Lord, warned them that they had entered the battle between good and evil.

"When you make your peace with God, you declare war on the devil," he explained.

That battle became all too real, and cost the pair their TV dreams, when HGTV gave in to pressure from left-leaning activists to cancel plans for a reality house flipping show featuring the brothers in 2014.

Nevertheless, the Benhams declared that they lived from the inside out and didn't need the approval of the media or the Twittersphere, they were going to stand strong and continue voicing their stance on issues like abortion and gay marriage.

They believe "church isn't somewhere you go, it is who you are."

Their dad, Flip Benham, had walked the talk before them. He set up his church office next to a busy abortion clinic and shared Jesus' love with the staff until Norma McCorvey (the woman who was Jane Roe in the landmark Roe v Wade case) who worked there, herself became a born again Christian in 1995.

"God loves all people but not all ideas. We don't hate anyone," the brothers declare.

"The world doesn't need more bullies who stand firmly for the truth but ignore their own brokenness. The world doesn't need bystanders who are broken over sin but won't act boldly for the truth. The world needs faithful and courageous believers in a loving God whose truth has the power to transform a dying world," their website proclaims.

As they quip: "It is fun to follow Jesus until you realise where He is going – to the cross." Christian faith involves acting on what you believe and that, most probably, will involve suffering and sacrifice. However, as Jesus told His first disciples, "In this world you will have trouble but fear not, I have overcome the world." (John 16:33)