This sphere is about seeing financial provision released and stewardship modelled. The twin engines of science and technology and business enterprise work together for the good stewardship of the earth.
From a Biblical perspective, wealth is not a finite commodity; nor is the economic arena a closed circle. It represents an expanding universe of possibilities that is unlocked by innovation in science and technology and creativity in business. When stewarded well, this economic sphere glorifies the Creator who works with humans as co-creators in the process of life-enhancing innovation and godly provision for people.
But all is not well on planet earth. The business world has been corrupted with greed and injustice. We are being called to see a rebirth of kingdom entrepreneurship that will release new creativity in order to provide with integrity new goods and services that enhance people’s lives and relationships.
Michael Schluter, founder of the Jubilee Centre in Cambridge highlights the fact that the bottom line of the economic sphere must be the enhancing of relationships: “The starting point for evaluation of economic and social ‘institutions’ is the fact that God is a relational being, and that his priority is not economic growth, but right relationships both between humanity and himself, and between human beings. This relational focus is the theme of both Old and New Testaments. When Jesus lays down the overarching moral principles of ‘love God and love your neighbor’ (Mt 22:34-40) he is pointing to the priority of relational over financial wealth, for love is a quality of relationships.”
The Cambridge Papers, Vol 18, Num 3, 2009