I have heard it time and time again.
“Well, one goes into business to make money” or “People got laid off because, well, the business is there to make money.”
The business is there to make money.
Well, I don’t know if I agree anymore. At least in principle.
I think we need to change the cliché to…
One goes into business for the community.
Think of it. Someone is asked why they start a company and their honest reply is to help support the community.
What if someone’s motivation was to take care of their family and at least four other families?
What if a large corporation actually paid people over “market value” because the community is more important than the earnings report?
What if 20, 30, or 40 percent of earnings was reinvested into taking good care of the families (highly paid, paid time off, etc.) that work for them or put into the community (parks, social events, etc.) where the corporation exists?
What if it wasn’t all about marketing and the corporate profit numbers?
What if companies refused to exploit employees at the least wage possible (minimum wage) and instead paid an employee $12 to $15 an hour when the market value only calls for $8? But, this would hurt profits. So what? Is is not better for the community?
Now, we could not expect this type of love and care from the secular community (can we?), but I think we can from the Christian community (or businesses that likes to put the Christian fish on their website). I think we should expect that the business cares more for its employees than the corporate profits or the CEO’s six figure salary.
It seems to me that the better the company takes care of its employees, the happier the employees will be in the workplace, and the business will grow because of the great service. But instead of the business stockpiling more and more money into the corporate books or the top-eschelon corporate people gaining more and more income – Why not invest the money back into projects around the community (parks, road repairs, churches, hospitals, hospices, etc.)?
Some businesses do better at this practice than others. I know that when I weed through all the marketing hyperbole and find a business that really cares for their employees and the community – I take notice. I spend money and I tell friends.
To me it seems more Biblical to be in the business for the community then to be in the business for money. It is stated that we cannot serve both God and money (Matthew 6:24). Therefore, if people are the image of God on this earth and my greatest worship toward God is how I treat my fellow humans, then by all means let us be in business for the community and not money.
What do you think?