Thursday, 26 April 2007 08:56
Written by Keith Strohm
There is an interesting article in this month's issue of Christianity Today that features an interview wit Ram Gidoomal, a businessman and convert to Christianity to Hinduism. One of the things that struck me about the article is not only how working as a Christian businessman internationally helps build a more just world (Ram, for example, chairs two investment groups that seek to invest in socially responsible and sustainable businesses), but also how business offers opportunities for direct evangelization:
Business gives you access , geographic access as well as access to relational networks . . .the goal is to do business in a way that is not conforming to the world's patterns. In global business, there is often corruption. There's no accountability, no transparency. As a Christian, if you're willing to be transparent and accountable, then you're demonstrating a different way of doing things . . . .
If we do the work of discerning what transformational business looks like, that is worship . . .Business is a uniquely global endeavor . . .There is no other field that so closely matches the global nature of God's mission.
I thought that was a wonderful way of viewing business--as a medium for building the kingdom and as a direct, hands-on way of evangelizing. When I work as a manager in business--whether it is of a team or a whole Strategic Business Unit, God has given me a responsibility to serve both the company as a whole and all of the individuals whom I manage. We need to be Christians not just at Church, but in every facet of our lives.