Most people think the church and religion have nothing to do with business. After all, the church is engaged in spiritual work. And so the church should keep its nose out of the business world.
But the church is vitally interested in how people in business live, both at home and in the office. For example, the Bible clearly says, “The love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith, and pierced themselves with many a pang” (1 Timothy 6:10). The person who longs for money is greedy. Such a person will go to great lengths to line his or her pockets. Cheating on an expense account is considered petty. Adultery is not too high a price to pay. Fraud is risky. But if the payoff is big enough, the ends justify the means. If the lives of others are torn apart, so be it. Greed can justify all sorts of corruption.
The problem is that we have a difficult time separating money as a tool from money as a god. Money as a tool is brought into the service of our family, church, and community. Money as a god demands our servitude. We are manipulated by it. This is why Jesus says, “You cannot serve both God and money” (Matthew 6:24).
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