Business For the Glory of God Essay

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Introduction Business for the Glory of God persuades one to view business in a different light. There are many views, both positive and negative, one could take on business. If one could see business as a way to help others, it may be achievable for them to see business as a way to glorify God. For example, some may do business to assist their families. If left with an excess they might even consider charity.
Wayne Grudem establishes the theme by enacting a scenario where someone talking to a new acquaintance explains what type of business they work in. The abnormal response they received was, “what a great way to glorify God!” (Grudem, 2003). It is not very often that business is associated with bringing glory to the Lord.
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The first item that Grudem addresses is ownership. Ownership is the ideal place to start, in that ownership is the foundation of all business. Business for the Glory of God begins by explaining that occasionally people view ownership of property as a type of avarice, something which is morally tainted. Some, mistakenly, even go as far as believing that in a perfect world one would not own personal possessions (Grudem, 2003). The rebuttal presented by Grudem is Biblically grounded in the Ten Commandments; “You shall not steal” (New International Version, Exodus 20:25).
If ownership in and of itself was a sin, then the Bible would address ownership, not theft. When discussing ownership, John Sullivan defines ownership as essentially who is in charge and who has to be consulted before making any major change. Moreover, Sullivan states that ownership is an imperative component for institutions. Certainly without ownership there would be an absence of stability, which is crucial to any organization, secular or faith-based (Sullivan, 2005). The argument presented by Grudem was enough to persuade this author.
The question arises: if the owner is to be the ultimate authority in regards to their possession, then as a business attempting to bring glory to God, is the owner really the boss? Grudem answered this by means of Psalm 24:1, “the earth is the LORD's, and everything in it, the
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