What is a Christian Businessman?
Does a Christian naturally conflict with his business responsibilities?
Does survival in the modern business world mean ignoring Jesus'
teaching on personal conduct? Some would say it does. They argue
that a capitalist economy is founded in greed and self-exaltation,
so no one can do business according to Jesus' teaching on compassion.
On the other side, some believe that God is not concerned with
secular things like business life, so a businessman who simply
donates to the church is obeying all that God has asked of him.
They say that God only cares about what a man believes in his heart,
not how he lives in the world. That is, He isn't concerned so long
as the man stays within a few general principles on being nice
In CBMC, we believe that a Christian can and should conduct his business
according to the Bible. Any conflict between business practices and Biblical
principles isn't within the nature of business itself; it's within individual
appeals to Roman Christians to give themselves up "as
a living sacrifice" and to "be transformed by the renewal of
[their minds]," he meant that their whole lives, not just their
Sunday habits, should be in submission to the Lord (Rom
The Lord created the world and our work in it for his glory. He
to honor him in every part of our lives, not just select parts
What may be lost in some circles is that Christianity is a whole-life
perspective; it is a way of living and viewing the world. No part of
life is excluded as if the Lord is not interested in it.
earth is the LORD's and the fullness thereof, the world and those
who dwell therein, for he has founded it upon the seas
and established it upon the rivers. (Psalm 24:1-2)
not refer to nature alone. Industry and computers have not taken us
this truth. Everything remains the Creator's possession,
even what we commonly call "man-made." And every profession
or job is of interest to the Lord.
Being a Christian businessman means working in honor of the Lord. It
doesn't mean having a painting of a Renaissance artist's idea of Jesus
in the office. It doesn't mean having a Bible on the desk. It means working
from a Christian perspective, bearing witness to the Lord through integrity,
wisdom, love, and humility. That is the hallmark of a Christian in business,
whether he's an employee or a CEO. His work, even in a large, seemingly
heartless corporation, is meant to be for the glory of God.
Tamasy tells a story of meeting with a man in a restaurant and having
on the table. His server asked if they were pastors.
He said, "No, we're businessmen, but the Bible is the best business
book you will find."
That's what we mean by being Christian businessmen. The Bible teaches
us how to live a life honoring to God, and business is big part of life.
The Lord who created the earth and all humanity does not call us to
live compartmentalized lives, keeping our faith confined to Sunday and
living differently during the week. He calls use to integrated lives
based on His Word. What is taught from the pulpit should have an application
to our work in the office and at home. Good theology is practical, because
God is honored by common work.
aims to help businessmen and professionals, both Christian and
non-Christian, become followers of Jesus Christ in every area
of life. Through discipleship tracks like Operation Timothy,
we help nurture
an individual's character, teaching basic ideas from the Bible,
applicable to all of life. Through business groups like CBMC FORUMS,
we help apply Biblical wisdom to business decision-making so
that men can
run their companies or departments from a Christian perspective.
That's the purpose of CBMC, recruiting and training Christian
professionals for the glory of the Lord God. By working through
our personal and team ministry opportunities, businessmen can
learn of the Lord Jesus
and become His disciples. Being a disciple of Jesus Christ is the
essence of a Christian businessman.
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