Business Worldview

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Unformatted text preview: he mistake of believing they could be strong enough, smart enough and good enough to be as God, but they were wrong. That is why we need to put our faith in Christ and what he did for us on the cross. This idea is explained in Scripture in four ways: a) Justification: Christ’s sacrifice was the perfect legal remedy for sin—both God’s justice and love were fulfilled in the cross. As fully man, Christ took the punishment that man deserved. As fully God, and therefore perfect, Christ was able to be a blameless sacrifice and substitute for mankind. b) Redemption: Through Christ, we have been redeemed from the slavery of sin—Christ was the ransom for us c) Propitiation: God’s wrath was satisfied through Christ because it was directed at Christ d) Reconciliation: we are brought into the family of God through Christ. In turn, we are brought into fellowship with God, both now and for eternity. We are also brought into fellowship with one another, in the journey of faith, which will eventually culminate in our eternal destiny in and with Christ. 5) Covenantal Behavior: We are in covenant with God and with one another through Christ. This means that we are called to practice hesed (loving fulfillment of all duties), mutual accountability, active dialogue and participative decision-making with all covenantal members, and servant leadership. H OW DO THESE THEMES APPLY TO BUSINESS IDEAS? G ENERAL APPLICATION God’s Sovereignty and Imago Dei: Because we are made in God’s image, work is redemptive and an act of worship, despite the presence of sin and evil. Work existed before the Fall; therefore, business itself can be sacred if done to honor the Lord. The Fall and Pride: because of the presence of evil, business can often be done for the wrong reasons—greed, the lust for power, and materialism can all be sinful motives for business activity. Because we want to be like God—i.e., we want to be in control—we seek wealth, status, influence and control at the expense of loving God and loving others. This leads to ethical violations, exploitation of others and the environment, and a worldview that puts material possessions over eternal values and outcomes. Salvation and Faith: If we are putting our hope in Christ, we will be living for eternity and seeking to obey God’s word. Rather than leaning on our own intelligence, we make business decisions with much prayer. We wait on the Lord as we make decisions and seek to align our decisions with God’s truth. That doesn’t mean we don’t think and analyze business data, but rather that in doing so, we acknowledge that we don’t know it all and that we need the Lord to help us. Moreover, we know by faith that we can trust the Lord to guide us. This saves us from two extremes: rushing decisions due to blind arrogance, impatience, and greed, and the “paralysis of analysis” wherein we over-analyze and procrastinate in decision-making because we are afraid of making the wrong decision. But if we...
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This note was uploaded on 10/06/2013 for the course BUSI 530 taught by Professor Woo during the Fall '11 term at Liberty.

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