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The Church and Business: Working Together in God's plan of Redemption via Kingdom Business

by John E Mulford, Ph D (Origninally published in VOICE for All Nations, a publication of Church For All Nations). Click here to read the full article on the Kingdom Business Blog.

Most people don’t have a full appreciation of the church and of business, much less an appreciation of how they should work together to accomplish God’s plan to redeem mankind and the earth. Instead, they see them as oil and water—they don’t mix.

Christians wearing their “church” hats often see business as worldly, even sinful. Seeing business perhaps beyond redemption, they want to save people out of business rather than get their hands dirty in business. Christians in business often see the church as, at best, irrelevant to the issues they face, and, at worst, attacking them for participating in a sinful occupation. By sowing this confusion and distrust, Satan has disabled one of the most powerful redemptive tools God has given man—business.

Business has been central to God’s plan for man and the earth from the beginning. God’s creation mandate was for man to “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it.” (Gen 1:28) When God created man in His image, he gave man all of the attributes needed to discover how the world works, to develop technology to make products and services, and to create organizations to deliver those life-improving products and services to a growing population.

Man’s fall into sin greatly distorted his image and introduced significant obstacles into the creation mandate. In Gen 3:17, God said, “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life.” Although God renewed his covenant with Noah after the flood, saying, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth.” (Gen 9:1), the work is made much messier by the tentacles of sin and the wiles of Satan.

But God had a plan to redeem the mess. He reconciled man to himself through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. In the end, when Christ returns, he will usher in a new heaven and a new earth (Rev 21). In the meantime, he is spreading the gospel to the whole world. Those who receive it are reborn and begin a process of transformation into the image of Christ. As they are transformed personally they extend God’s kingdom on earth, transforming others as they live the whole gospel among them.

Kingdom business people are ideally positioned to be engines of transformation that can change a nation from one of self-centered individuals to one of other-centered people who love God and each other.

Someone might say, “I thought the church was the engine that transforms society.” But who is the church? It is the body of believers, many of whom spend most of their time in the marketplace, where they are to be salt and light. So when the church is operating as it should, much of the transformation it brings will happen through business. Read the rest of the article on the Regent Website

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