“I wear many hats” is an expression that we often hear today. Just as we usually wear only one hat at a time, we also tend to live compartmentalized lives. We sometimes fail to recognize the interconnectedness of life.
Faith and business are two hats that are deeply interconnected. One’s view of God, humanity and the world strongly influences one’s view of business. We do not do things in a vacuum. Rather, we are intentional beings searching for value and meaning in life.
Nelson views God as one who is good, faithful and deeply compassionate towards creation. And as a designer, God wants all of creation to flourish. Humanity’s role is to represent God in stewarding the well being of the rest of the world. However, we easily see that the present world cries aloud in its brokenness. Things are not right.
The solution is neither a thing nor an ideology, but rather is a person. And that person is Jesus, who lived a humbled yet extraordinary life on earth. As the physical embodiment and the perfect revelation of God, Jesus brings forth life and meaning to humanity at the most gratifying and deepest level – and to eternity. Therefore, we respond to such reality by trusting Jesus and caring for others.
So what does all this mean for business? It means businesses matter to Jesus. A business’ main purpose is to provide goods and services that enable humanity to thrive. Profit is a mean, not an end. Loving staff, customers, animal and even nature take priority over money and power. Furthermore, businesses should seek to operate responsibly, including financial reporting and tax filing. Ethics and integrity matter because we are called to be like God (but not be God).
Let us create a society where humanity, animals and nature flourish in the long run.