An Indian Perspective on Business as Mission
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An Indian Perspective on Business as Mission

As I mentioned in my previous post, the Business as Mission (BAM) model has become a global phenomenon. As more Christians embrace BAM it is not only changing the lives of individual Christians but is helping to change, as Daniel Devadatta explains, the culture of business in India:

When Christian business persons begin to sense their calling, when they embrace this and begin to envision their enterprise from this perspective, they will begin to see the significant role they play in the public square.

To illustrate, let me share the story of the company I work for. The company was started in Goa in 1989, and the founder said that his company would not pay a bribe to get things done. In fact, his stance was stated precisely in this manner; “I would rather shut down my company than pay a bribe.” The company, through many hardships and over time, has come to be a recognizable company in the industry. In fact, by virtue of such a stance other companies not only in the vicinity but also elsewhere have developed company policies by which they state they will not participate in the bribe culture, irrespective of the horrible price that would be paid. My company knows that things will get better only if more people will take a similar stand and has paved the way for others to see this reality.  To read more about Turbocam as a business as mission company read their story.

Perhaps however there are some that are still skeptical. The most common objection is the matter of ethics, as if to say business is inherently unethical. This is especially true amongst some in the Indian Christian community. While I may not quieten all the skeptics, it is sufficient to say that unless business is rooted within a strong moral framework and conviction, they are right. However, business is no more different than any other vocation where the ethical considerations are important.  Like in any other profession, a business person can be either moral or immoral. As people engaged in the public square, it is when moral standards are taken seriously, that a profound and lasting influence in society is demonstrated. This is how things get better. Let us as a community encourage business persons, celebrate the crucial role that a business person plays in society, and encourage more of our youth to consider this legitimate task set by God.

Joe Carter

Joe Carter is a Senior Editor at the Acton Institute. Joe also serves as an editor at the The Gospel Coalition, a communications specialist for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and as an adjunct professor of journalism at Patrick Henry College. He is the editor of the NIV Lifehacks Bible and co-author of How to Argue like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History's Greatest Communicator (Crossway).