Christian Business Communities and the New Democracies

Can you and I do anything to contribute to the new democracies in the Middle East and Africa and the emerging economies of Asia ?   Certainly – if you have run a small business, go and live and start businesses there that develop the national resources for the benefit of others.   Where two or three are gathered and work together in His name, there He will change situations and lives through example rather than word alone.

Democracy is possible only if there are some unselfish hearts – real business depends on the same unselfishness.   This is the difference between godless business and godly business.   Genesis 3:     describes the business of a fallen world – “in the sweat of your brow……..: Genesis 3:    describes the business as God’s great commission to his Son in each human being – fill the earth and subdue it !

 Normal bankers, mortgage lenders, and rating agencies didn’t cause the worldwide recession but banks, mortgage lenders and rating agencies with selfish hearts did.   Business and democracy both fail when selfishness is unrestrained.   Both prosper when unselfishness is unrestrained.   Control Data in Minnesota was started to meet human needs through profitable enterprises.   Buckminster Fuller proved that life succeeds when life is lived for others.   Bankers, mortgage lenders, and rating agencies have to make money to serve society, but if they’re in business to make money for themselves they become parasites on the rest of us.

Here are some business communities that have been doing this for thirty years - as have many others – if you want to deal with your own selfish heart and then do business to develop and build human societies, I suggest you start with the “Escape from Self” talks on the homepage.



Christian Business International Newsletter

No.116, Sept. 2009

Editorials

Keeping Cool When Inside is Still Outside

Two Little Words... I Will

Love and Marriage: A Committment to Putting
the Other Person First

The Way of Peace

Where is the Recession?

Grow Your Business Online:
Choosing Your Domain

Personal Experiences of God:
Dwight L. Moody

Superhuman Life:
Directed or Improvised?

The Thinking and Calculations of Death

Daily Discipline:
If Salvation is So Life Changing, Why Are There
So Many Miserable Christians? (Part 2)


The Humility of Christ



Christian Business International is an organ of Christian Corps International. CCI is a federation of international businesses that are at Christ's disposal. Their primary purpose is His filling the earth and subduing it: this transposes the power and purpose of work from man (Genesis 3:19) to God (Genesis 1:28)
and radically affects every area of business.

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