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Competition & Christianity, Part 6 of 6

by Jeff Gunther

in Character,Leadership

This series was originally published as an article in Vocatio, Vol. 8, No. 1, FALL 2005. Vocatio: A publication of the Marketplace Theology concentration at Regent College, offering reflection on the ministry of the whole people of God in the workplace.

“If there is a market, there will be competitors. If there are no competitors, very likely there is no market.”1 Competition is not a zero-sum game and it is not less Christian than cooperation. It is well-documented in Scripture as part and parcel of the human condition, and therefore subject to sin. However, unless motivated solely by the desire for personal power, competition is appropriate for Christians in the marketplace because competition implies cooperation and community. We witness the redeeming work of Christ in the common grace already found in many competitive relationships. There will always be a tension between people-oriented values and business efficiency. In the end, it is our character, and not our wealth, that God will judge. With proper boundaries, the true spirit of healthy competition ultimately glorifies God.

1 John Cragin, “The Business of Missions – The Missions of Business,” in On Kingdom Business: Transforming Missions Through Entrepreneurial Strategies, Tetsunao Ymamori and Kenneth A. Eldred, eds. (Wheaton, Illinois: Crossway Books, 2003), 173.

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