Bible quotes, unless otherwise noted are from The New Revised Standard (c) 1989
My goal at the Journal of Christian Business Practice (available in hard copy as a two-page newsletter) is to go through the Bible, one book at a time, and see what it has to say to business people. To my knowledge, such an exposition has not been attempted and so, after four decades of business consulting, along with my not-graduated-from-seminary attendance, I feel called to at least start the process. At 73 this is probably more ambitious than my allotted time allows but, it has been my experience, that when you're called to a Work, you'd better answer. I feel secure that God will continue this work if it is His will. My commitment is to begin.--Jurgen Haver
Almost as soon as Eden was finished, Satan claimed it as his "new" battleground. He failed to overthrow God in the heavenly battle so, as recorded in Genesis, he sets out to undermine God's creation. In fact, God actually gives him the opportunity as Jesus reveals in John (12:31; 14:30; 16:11) because the devil has been allowed to be the ruler of this world.
Genesis speaks to the core of our business lives. Especially Genesis 1:28b where God says, "...be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves upon the earth."
In spite of man's sin and fall, this "challenge" has not been repealed. God says we are not to give in to Satan. Instead he tells us to rule over and care for the earth. The Journal sees one of its missions in II Corinthians 10:4b-5: "...We destroy arguments and every proud obstacle raised up against the knowledge of God, and we take every thought captive to obey Christ." And that includes every "business" thought. Thus, the New Testament reinforces the Genesis challenge and it is the Journal's goal to explore what it means to bring every "business" thought into captivity for the Lord Jesus Christ.
So, What's the Problem?
During my 40 years of consulting I've seen too many Christian business people who believe they can't compete because, as Christians, they are bound to a stricter set of values than non-Christians. As you read the Journal, you will come to see that all the long-term business advantages belong to Christians. The unethical, immoral and greedy can't compete with those of us who are committed to doing business God's way.
Do not allow yourself to think "they" have an advantage. As in tennis - the advantage is yours - make sure you not only keep it but also capitalize on it.
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