It is vital that people realize that God is the giver of all their earthly possessions, meaning He is extremely wealthy; therefore, they ought to stop thinking of having money as sinful. As Grudem commented, there are also temptations to pride, and to turning our hearts away from love for our neighbor and towards selfishness, greed, and hard-heartedness Grudem 2003. For that reason, some people view making a profit as being evil. The basic premise of the book is that the various aspects of business provide many opportunities to glorify God because we are created in His image , but also many temptations to sin because of the Fall. So as we rest for our labors today, we can rest knowing that tomorrow we return to a good and noble task.
Is business a necessary evil? In other chapters, Grudem appeals to passages in Deuteronomy and Leviticus to indicate God's design and the inherent goodness of various of the 9 areas. He pretty mush just said that debt can be used unwisely. In Jesus' parables, servants who made profit were praised while those who chose not to work towards profit to honor their master were rebuked. The many components that make up what we consider to be business are clear expressions of the responsibilities and privileges that come with being created in the image of God. Grudem talks about inequality of possession in the seventh chapter of his book. He did an excellent analysis of various aspects of business such as ownership, profit, competition, and borrowing and lending.
Of course, borrowing can be unwise see Prov. Additionally, there is no acknowledgement that in the countries that have best excelled in profit making and generally attainment of possessions and money to become rich are also the countries with the maximum inequality between social classes. While in Acts people gave voluntarily and held things in common, they still owned homes and other property several passages cited. Pay a person what they are worth. What a great career that would be! In each he takes the reader to Scripture and shows how the practice has Biblical foundations. Korea is a prime example. Why do good things happen to bad people? This book is more an extended essay, but Grudem calls it a book and sells it as such, so it's a book.
In other cases, he seems to be cherry-picking and proof-texting his personal opinions. Overall a great summary of how business can be used to bring honor to God. Grudem makes it clear that God expects His people to prosper with the resources he supplies. He was not productive with the talent he had been given. Of course, business by itself is neither good nor evil it is the people… 1541 Words 7 Pages we are to read the book by W.
According to him, businesses can be ethically sound, but if handled incorrectly, can lead to misconduct and sin. The reader did a wonderful job of keeping a good pace and rhythm. I can honestly seek the good of my employer, and seek to sew as many shirts as possible for him along with attention to quality compare 1 Tim. In this case, I have more money at the end of the week than I did before, and my employer has more shirts ready to take to market than he did before. When you are beyond your means? For example, while creating an iPhone may be God-glorifying, the elements that make up the microprocessor come from places like Congo where brutal wars are fought over the resources. I'm thankful for the overall message of the book, which emphasizes that Christian businesspeople can and should bring glory to God. Although he disagreed with some of the main principles of the American democracy its profess ideology of natural rights for example or the slave trading practices of the pilgrims in the New World he never denied his amazement and respect for this new, quickly rising nation.
He, however, fails to agree with the statement, since glorifying God is not limited to the church only. When people think of profit the first thing that comes to mind is making money and a famous saying usually follows that train of thought; money is the root to all evil. Getting a 30-year mortgage for a house is perfectly coincides with Romans 13:8 provided we dependably make our scheduled payments. God used many parables in the Bible to let His people know that making a profit is fundamentally good. What a great activity for governments to favor and encourage! The temptation for misuse: Hoarding, polluting and destroying the earth, pride.
I was impressed with the logic and Biblical support behind each topic. For those already familiar with the Protestant work ethic there probably isn't anything in here that you are not already aware of. I understand debt as a significant transaction which now indebts you to the lender. Profit is the evidence that we have made good use of resources in meeting the needs of others. But, through an unwavering faith, as strong as the Mount of Zion I chose so.
In the parable, Grudem explains, Jesus gave the greatest reward to the servant that made the most profit from the one mina God gave to the ten servants. It is the same way with hiring people to produce services—whether hiring teachers to teach in a school, doctors to care for people in a clinic, mechanics to fix cars, or painters to paint houses. Section one Platt starts out his book with speaking of his fast growing mega church in Alabama. In 1 Corinthians 3:10 an example is given about helping one another to build up a foundation according to God. Waddell explains that ancient Greek philosophers did not feel that working would enhance their chances of being redeemed, so they felt it was useless and they saw it as a curse. According to Grudem, being created in the image of God as Genesis 1:27 portrays is imitating Him and having His wonderful attributes reflected in us. From the book, it is apparent that business can be ethically proper, but if handled incorrectly, can lead to misconduct and sin.