A Christian World View Of The Marketplace -- By: Robert J. Romano
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A Christian World View Of The Marketplace
Robert J. Romano is a licensed architect, President of Heartist Ministries, and adjunct professor at Southern Evangelical Seminary.
One of the demanding priorities of the church today is to empower all disciples to come to terms with what it means to honor Jesus as Lord in daily life and work. It seems that the church has allowed followers of Christ to divide work and religion into two distinct domains. “As a result, secular work is turned to purely selfish and often destructive ends, and the greater part of the world’s intelligent workers have become disinterested in religion. Many people in the workplace view church leaders as ‘six days invisible and one day incomprehensible’.”1 This statement articulates the disconnect between faith and work. But God’s Word does not teach us to have such compartmentalized lives. In an effort to eliminate the immense confusion about economic eth-
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ics and in order to help Christians make a strong connection between their faith and their work, this article will focus on three related areas: the role of marketplace stewardship, your vocational call to the marketplace in general, and your marketplace ministry in particular. With a better understanding about the biblical view of faith and work, perhaps more followers of Christ will be more effective in fulfilling the assignment of God to evangelize and disciple the nations.2
Biblical precepts and principles are fundamental to all the disciplines of life, not just to theology. Since God has placed no sacred-secular division in the world, Christians are responsible for an understanding of all the biblical spheres, which includes the spiritual concept of economics.
Marketplace Christians spend much more time at their office than they do at their church. In fact, most people have more and stronger relationships in their workplace than in their church. It is not surprising that the lack of a marketplace ethic has a negative impact on a person’s work life, political life, and spiritual life, and this lack is a real barrier to the critical necessity of a faith-work connection. Research shows that a heightened understanding of the Christian worldview of biblical economics strengthens the faith-work connection. It leads not only to the creation of wealth due to a greater spiritual understanding of work, and subsequently the reduction of poverty, but it also leads to the global spread of the Gospel. This latter point is too often missed by many Christians.
Even though the Bible ...
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