Book Review: Why Business Matters To God

Every Christian in business should read this reserve. Actually, strike that: every Christian should read this reserve; it is insightful, full of depth, and abundant with scripturally based lessons. The reserve is penned by Jeff vehicle Duzer, who is the Dean of the School of Business and Economics as well a professor of business law in Seattle.

I truly think that his message has the potential to change lives throughout our culture. The primary argument of the publication centres around asserting business as a worthwhile calling; much less a periphery to missions simply, but as a missions calling in and of itself. Often Too, business is undoubtedly a method for living, a way for raising money for missions sometimes, but not as a objective in itself. For this reason misalignment in perspective, Christian business leaders often become business leaders who are Christian instead of the other way around. Companies doing business will, in lots of ways, dictate the type of world we live in.

Thus, for Christians interested in advancing God’s plan of peace, justice and reconciliation, a concentrate on business and its own role in culture is crucial. Van Duzer goes on to explore what the precise calling is perfect for Christian business leaders, beyond playing the periphery role of money raisers. He demonstrates through the scriptures that Christians are called to serve. In business, this implies serving the clients, community, shareholders, and (perhaps most pointedly), the employees. Christians in management should seek to re-inject a feeling of objective, purpose and meaning into work where it has become rote and detached.

I know I have discussed the importance of caring for workers in previous articles on business, but I believe it bears duplicating again here. Van Duzer presents with clarity the scriptural evidence that demonstrates the calling of Christians in business to bring value and meaning to work. Furthermore, he points out that creating value is a big part of what business should be aligned towards. Business must be centered on adding to the city through items produced and services rendered. This does mean that not absolutely all businesses are good, since there are businesses that truly take away from community and society.

Another idea that vehicle Duzer presents is particularly insightful, regardless of the temptation to deny it: van Duzer highlights that making moral decisions does not always lead to business success. That is a difficult thing to accept; even in the secular world there’s a movement toward arguing that doing business the moral way leads to business income.

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My post on the publication “Uncontained” by Kip Tindell discusses this notion at length. The fact that ethics does not always lead to profits is a difficult thing for most Christian business people. Extending this relative line of though, vehicle Duzer illustrates that using business as a justification to do unethical behavior is also never something that needs to be permitted with a Christian.

We need to be willing to see our business fail before we give up our ethics. Understanding this puts business into the right perspective; earnings and survival itself are not the end-goal of our work even. Van Duzer uses the storyplot of creation to explore his assertions on Christian business ethics. An excellent book to learn that compliments this book well is “The Drama of Scripture” by Craig Bartholomew and Michael Goheen. In it, the authors explore the four different “Acts” of Creation, Fall, Redemption Initiated, and Redemption Accomplished.