Battle of Long Island
While faith alone in Christ alone guarantees going to heaven, but how does my eternal destiny affect my temporal life decisions here on earth?
The resulting fruit of the American Revolutionary War from 1776 to 1783 came from the seeds of discontent planted in the middle of the 1700s with the various legislative acts by the British government in an attempt to control the American colony and economy. The British only saw the American colony as a source to import raw materials and then sell their manufactured goods back to the Americans for a tidy profit, creating a British “company store” for the American colony. Andrew Carnegie in his book Triumphant Democracy noted the harsh economic limitations place on the Americans by the British government, legislating steep restrictions as to what the Americans could pursue. The founding fathers, well steeped in the Bible, understood God’s Word regarding opportunities to grow, and their biblical ideas about “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” bear repeating over and over again. Here’s where it starts.
I’ll be interviewed with Kris Cook today on 560AM KLZ discussing my newest book, How Would Jesus Do Business?. Here is where you can find the station to listen in:
Kris Cook’s web page
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I have visited a number of Christian college and university web sites and almost to a “T” they have sections, posts, articles, and classes about “Leadership.” While leadership is a worthwhile goal and leadership is important, what does this word convey to those seeing and reading this word in the context of the Christian community? How does using the phrase Christian startup entrepreneur sound? Personally I think the leadership word is overused, but that’s another blog post for another day. I’d rather use the word DOER.
Jas 1:22 But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.
But leadership is only part of the issue in the Christian community. It’s also determining how God has designed each individual and finding their purpose in life and then to find others to work beside them in the Body of Christ. It starts first with the parents, because the parents set the stage for how the kids see business.
Back in the days when I moved from using a Mac to using the Linux operating system, I came across a book that describes what happens in the software industry, specifically the Open Source Software (OSS) industry. Eric Raymond penned a book titled, “The Cathedral and the Bazaar” where he talks about the issue behind a monopoly or near monopoly in the software industry, which can be equally applied to any industry. The weakest link with any of these “top dogs” comes when they are attacked and are taken down and the whole system goes down that is connected and devoted to it.
It reenforces the axiom: You’re only as strong as your weakest link.
Raymond’s idea of a monopoly or oligarchy, whether software, government, business, or organization, translates well into the Christian Church (a monopoly definition is much different than a unity definition, but that’s another blog post). In the time of Jesus, you find the oligarchy “power” coming in the form of the Pharisees and the Sadducees and Jesus twice cleansing the Temple of it’s extortion and money greed. In the Middle Ages, the harsh “monopoly economics” of the church spawned numerous cathedrals to be built for the Church taking decades to construct at the expense of the bazaar, or the marketplace. Just like any monopoly or oligarchy, it concentrates all of the wealth and power into few and fewer hands, namely the Church. That is where the “economic power brokers” were, which left fewer and fewer “entrepreneurs” to grow the marketplace (there are six verses with the word “marketplace” in the NASB: Matt 20:3; Mark 7:4; Luke 7:32; Acts 16:19; 17:5, 17) and improve the daily lives of church members.
Does the church today still see itself building more “cathedrals,” including mega-churces, when in fact it needs to change it’s paradigm regarding it’s resources and redirect them, not for building up a physical church, but to to be used to change the marketplace?