Entrepreneurs often prefer to omit the discussion of their religious views to achieve higher sales in a business that may violate Christian rules. Indeed, religion can be considered a robust force that can influence decision-making in non-profit and for-profit organizations because it shapes society’s beliefs and behavior (Van Buren et al., 2020). Furthermore, religious ideals can unite employees in striving for better results (Van Buren et al., 2020). However, the goals of business owners who ultimately aim to attain wealth may contradict biblical teachings. Specifically, companies may promote consumerism in their advertisement or encourage unhealthy habits such as smoking and alcohol consumption. Unfortunately, the modern market demonstrates that Christian values were forgotten by many people who create the main trends in business, manipulating consumers’ perceptions and choices.
Companies founded by religious leaders should promote the word of God through their activities. Indeed, religion can inspire organizations to ethical behavior and develop products for the greater good (Van Buren et al., 2020). According to Abigail’s post, “Christian business owners should engage in creative and meaningful work that ultimately glorifies God,” which means that the followers of Christ cannot be involved in fields that can harm people. For example, I agree that alcohol and tobacco businesses are against religious values. Still, it is challenging to eliminate such destructive products because not all entrepreneurs are spiritual. Furthermore, the demand for these items is high since consumers developed nicotine and alcohol addictions that are difficult to eliminate. However, the moral behavior and attitudes of the companies that are built upon Christian beliefs can motivate more people to avoid addictive habits, reducing the need for large corporations that promote substance use.
Van Buren III, H. J., Syed, J., & Mir, R. (2020). Religion as a macro social force affecting business: Concepts, questions, and future research. Business & Society, 59(5), 799-822. Web.