In Deuteronomy 28 God said, if you agree with me and do things my way, I will make you the head and not the tail, above and not beneath. Similar to the promise in Ps 1, “Blessed is the one…whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.”
The Lord is saying, “think the way I think and you will succeed.” Simply put God’s Ideas work! There are a number of worldly philosophies that are running rampant today, postmodernism, relativism, collectivism, humanism, etc. The thing is, that if you try to apply these in business they just don’t work – Believer, our stuff works. You see, those who learn and live God’s truth as it applies to work, business and economics will have a sustainable competitive advantage in a confused world. Your feet will be on a rock while everyone else is on sinking sand.
Many of the best business minds of the last couple of generations Carnegie, Drucker, Deming credit their wisdom to its source, God’s Word. Why are the most prosperous nations of the world also those who at some formative point in their history enthroned truth (protestant nations by large) in the building of their economies? Japan is an interesting case study because it is an exception, not protestant, but the heir of protestant ideals taught by W. Edward Demming the American grandfather of Japanese business and an ardent Christian.
Listen to this quote from Deming’s book the new economics, “The first step is transformation of the individual. This transformation is discontinuous. It comes from understanding of the system of profound knowledge.The individual, transformed, will perceive new meaning to his life, to events, to numbers, to interactions between people. Once the individual understands the system of profound knowledge, he will apply its principles in every kind of relationship with other people. He will have a basis for judgment of his own decisions and for transformation of the organizations that he belongs to.” Obviously this is flowing from his understanding of Romans 12, “be not conformed but be transformed by the renewing of your mind…”
Relativism and post modernism can’t even say, “best practice” with a straight face. If everything is relative, if there are no correct metanarratives, no objective truths, then one way is as good as another. Of course this is Hogwash! There are best practices, there is a better path, there is a straight and narrow. Be encouraged, our stuff works!