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Business for the Glory of God: The Bible's Teaching on the Moral Goodness of Business Hardcover – November 6, 2003
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"What remarkable insight!"
—Stephen Happel, Emeritus Professor of Economics, W. P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University
"What a great reminder that your business life can be a critical part of how you serve God and impact lives for eternity!"
—Dave Browne, Former CEO, LensCrafters; current CEO, Family Christian Stores
About the Author
Wayne Grudem (PhD, University of Cambridge; DD, Westminster Theological Seminary) is research professor of theology and biblical studies at Phoenix Seminary, having previously taught for 20 years at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is the former president of the Evangelical Theological Society, a member of the Translation Oversight Committee for the English Standard Version of the Bible, the general editor of the ESV Study Bible, and has published over 20 books.
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This book is full of cliches and overly broad proverbs on life. For example: the author writes that when people ask how their lives can glorify God, they are rarely told, "Go into business." Students, when they ask, "How can I serve God with my life," don't often hear the answer, "Go into business." The book goes down hill from there. It feels like a young prof (a TA) reading off a mature and beloved professor's syllabus and expecting the same reaction from the students. It just isn't there.
My guess is that the author had somebody transcribe some talks he gave and had a ghost editor smooth the transitions and called the final product this book. I wouldn't recommend this unless you have a perspective that Christian's can't be in business. Then this book might be of marginal value as a first read. A much better and far more comprehensive book on this subject, but one that Amazon doesn't sell, Is Bob Hartley's Marketplace Christianity.
Grudem says, rightly I'm sure, that when people ask how their lives can glorify God, they are rarely told, "Go into business." Students, when they ask, "How can I serve God with my life," don't often hear the answer, "Go into business." This little book claims just this, that "many aspects of business activity are morally good in themselves, and that in themselves they bring glory to God - though they also have great potential for misuse and wrongdoing." Dr. Grudem examines business under the following headings:
4. Commercial transactions (buying and selling)
7. Inequality of possessions
9. Borrowing and lending
10. Attitudes of hearing
11. Effect on world poverty
Through each chapter Grudem shows that the topic he discusses is fundamentally good, whether it be ownership, profit, or inequality of possessions, and that each one provides many opportunities to glorify God, but also many temptations to sin. The temptation to sin by making an idol of money, for example, does not negate the fact that money is fundamentally good and is a God-given gift. As we have come to expect from Grudem's books, this one is filled with references to the Bible and in fact is driven by Scripture.
What the reader will come to understand is that business, as fundamentally good as it is, is not an end in itself. Business and all the elements that comprise it, are instruments God uses to bring glory to Himself. God is glorified when we use our gifts and talents to employ others, to make money and to turn a profit. God is glorified when we borrow and lend and compete. God has entrusted these tools to us and expects us to use them in a way that honors Him. The book concludes with a reflection on the effect of business on world poverty. "I believe the only long-term solution to world poverty is business. That is because businesses produce goods, and business produce jobs. And business continue producing goods year after year, and continue providing jobs and paying wages year after year. Therefore if we are every going to see long-term solutions to world poverty, I believe it will come through starting and maintaining productive, profitable businesses."
Business for the Glory of God is a wonderful little book that is sure to edify whoever reads it. As we approach the Christmas season, this may be a book you would want to consider purchasing as a gift (or stocking-stuffer depending on your budget) for the man or woman in your life who is involved in business, or even for the teen who is wondering how he can use his life to bring glory to God. I enjoyed this book and am happy to recommend it.