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Unformatted text preview: are really trusting the Lord, we acknowledge that we will never possess all of the information
we need to make a perfect decision; we do the best we can to make the right decision and trust the
Lord with the outcome. In our decision-making, we also avoid ethical gray areas—we do the right thing for the right reason,
making sure that we don’t seek ethical shortcuts just because we can get away with them. This
keeps us from exploiting people, natural resources, etc. But doing the right thing and avoiding gray
areas takes faith that God will meet our financial needs. By faith, we will avoid gray areas even if it
also means walking away from opportunities to make more money.
Covenantal Behavior: We are called to be in covenant with God through Jesus Christ, and in turn
we are called to be in covenant with one another. This includes business activity, meaning we
should work as a team and that we should seek to serve one another. This is true of leaders and
employees as well as from one department to another—we should all seek to be accountable and
care for one another, and to listen to each other’s perspectives and concerns. S PECIFIC BUSINESS FUNCTIONS: Economics:
• • • ECONOMICS, GLOBALIZATION & INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS Because we acknowledge that man is made in God’s image, we believe that economic
systems should maximize each person’s unique gifts, so that they can glorify God with
their profession and calling. So long as they do not exploit customers, the community, or
the environment, government should encourage any economic productivity that allows for
maximized freedom and creativity in worshiping God with personal gifts. Accordingly, we
support a free market approach to economics.
On the other hand, we reject the idolatry that often comes with profit and materialism, and
in acknowledging God’s sovereignty, we recognize that everything we own and use is from
him. Radical Christianity, therefore, requires a radical use of material possessions and
profit to care for the poor and the community.
However, we believe this type of care should de-emphasize government regulations and
forced redistributions of wealth—an approach embodied by som/Marxism. We reject
the former because government regulations, at best, only limit evil; they don’t remove evil,
and in only limiting evil, laws and regulations often restrict human freedom and creativity.
These same laws and regulations also encourage illicit alliances between the rich and
powerful, as big business and other special interest groups seek to curry favor with
lawmakers. We reject the latter because a forced redistribution of wealth is not only
stealing, but also does not truly deal with the internal heart attitudes such as greed and
avarice, which are in fact, inherent to every human being, and not just the wealthy. In fact, a
forced redistribution of wealth can actually encourage class envy. So while we acknowledge
that government has authority from God (Romans 13), w...
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