Business for the Glory of God: The Bible’s Teaching on the Moral Goodness of Business
The book that is under review is “Business for the Glory of God: The Bible’s Teaching on the Moral Goodness of Business” by Wayne Grudem. It is a useful resource for looking at business from different prospects. First off, it addresses a view on relationships between business and religion. Secondly, it shows how different philosophies connect. Lastly, Mr. Grudem does a great job nudging readers to look at a different perspective.
First I would like to start this review by mentioning the main ideas and points of this book. The author of “Business for the ...view middle of the document...
Without a doubt, these activities are for the glory of God. So why is society accustomed to treat business and religion as antagonists? It is almost like the only way to make money in a business is to exploit someone. By the way the idea is expressed in author’s words: “Recent business scandals regarding dishonest and illegal activities by giant companies have made it more likely that people suspect that there must be something in business that inherently tends to wrongdoing. And so the idea of business comes under a dark cloud of suspicion” (Grudem, p.6). The book, “Business for the Glory of God: The Bible’s Teaching on the Moral Goodness of Business” reminds people that cheating is not a characteristic of business.
Wayne Grudem made quite detailed work in business elements, by addressing issues like competition, profit, money etc. He also wrote about commercial transactions. This idea is very important to not only the society but especially in Business. The main concept he was applying was exchange. According to economy, exchange is provision of goods or services and receiving goods or services in return. For a Christian activities of exchange cannot go against the standards of religious domain. Wayne Grudem explains this: “In most cases, voluntary commercial transactions benefit both parties. Buying and selling are activities unique to human beings out of all the creature that God made. We can imitate God’s attributes each time we buy and sell, if we practice honestly, faithfulness to our commitment, fairness, and freedom of choice” (Grudem, p.37-38). The main idea behind this quote is when exchanging it should bring good, and does not make any harm. We can go back and talk about cheating or fraud when talking about this issue. To many times we are cheated for no apparent reason except for the other party to gain. I love what Proverbs 19:1 has to say about cheating, “Better is a poor person who walks in his integrity than one who is crooked in speech and is a fool”.
As I went over before the main idea of Wayne Grudem’s “Business for the Glory of God: The Bible’s Teaching on the Moral Goodness of Business” is dedicated to putting God at the center of our work. It is important to understand that we need ethics, religion, morality, and laws in regards to running businesses. This same focus is traced in all of Grudem’s ideas. However, there is a point that can be argued. He talks about how some inequalities of possessions can be good and pleasing to God and that we should not think of all inequalities of possession as wrong, or evil. This point really bothered me because I just got back from a missions trip to Nicaragua. As I was there we talked a lot about this issue and how we are more fortunate than them. A majority of the group agreed that we or the United States have it a lot better than them and that’s just how it is. I was the only one who...