The world is one of limited resources and unlimited wants or desires. The conflict that results forces all people to make choices. In the area of Christian business education, we want to help young people realize that God will judge the choices they make. We must make our economic decisions from a Christian perspective. We want to look at that Christian perspective from two points of view. As Christians living in an organized economic system, we function in the roles of a consumer or user of goods and services and as a worker or producer of goods and services.
What responsibilities do we have as a Christian consumer? All of us are consumers if only to satisfy our basic needs of food, clothing, and shelter. We need to realize that all things come from God. We must use or consume what God has provided in such a way to honor and glorify Him. Our money as well as the products and services we enjoy have all been provided by God. We, therefore, have a responsibility and a duty to express our gratitude for all He has given.
As Christians we confess that Christ is Lord of our life. Christ is Lord of our financial life as well as our spiritual life. Christian principles of stewardship, honesty, fairness, and truthfulness must influence our choices as a Christian consumer.
What responsibilities do we have as a Christian worker or producer? God's first mandate to man was to subdue the earth and have dominion over it. We are commanded to work and develop the abilities and knowledge God has given us. The Christian's approach to work should be one of respect for its dignity. He should look upon his job not only as a means of earning a living but also as a way by which he may glorify God and serve his fellow man. You do not have to conform to the world to be a success in the business world. The faculty in this department acknowledges that we are called to walk the Christian life every day.
In the area of Christian business education, we try to increase our students' awareness of the above responsibilities they have as Christian consumers and Christian producers. We are to use the abilities and tools, including computers, God has given us for His honor and glory. We live in a global information age that affects us in our role as producer and consumer. Computers and information technology are some of the tools God has given us to use as we make our economic decisions. God will judge the ethics we follow and the choices we make in using what God has provided. Our goal is to create an awareness that our economic choices must be from a Christian perspective.