30 Apr ARE YOU DONATING TO THE DEVIL?
This article addresses the influence of corporations – which is unimaginably great. The following is a list of 12 ways that companies you support may conflict with, or align with, God. We must recognize the impact of our consumption and production.
1) Support of Social Values and Legislation
Every company has its own mission, vision, and values. Increasingly, these values are taking on a political nature. Consider some of the issues that corporations are increasingly taking a stand on: abortion, sexuality, environment, globalized labor forces, worker wages and environments, God in the workplace, etc. No one has more power to impact social issues and legislation than corporations. This article will explore some of the ways corporate positions on these issues shape and and disciple nations.
2) Product & Service Creation
Companies make products and perform services. Those products and services impact our world. Consider some of the products and services that are generated by companies: Alcohol, sex (porn, prostitution, strip clubs, etc.), pharmaceuticals, educational materials, art and entertainment (TV, movies, music, painting, books, etc.), food, weapons, homes, etc. The list goes on. Are the companies that we support generating products that are helpful or harmful to people’s physical and spiritual health? Do the products and services promote God’s kingdom, or Satan’s?
3) Product Design & Quality Control
But its not just the products and services purpose that is in question. It is also the risks associated with poorly designed, manufactured, and transported goods. Quality control costs money and when companies place profits above people, quality control can become a serious issue. Products are the food we eat, the cars we drive, the houses we live in. Services are the people who govern our lives and the teachers that teach our children. Who is producing and serving the lifestyle of the ones you love?” Food items may carry harmful bacterias and diseases. Household products may contain cancer-causing chemicals. As long as a corporation values profits over people the consumer will always be in danger. Are you funding companies that value people or are they willing to brush dangerous QC issues under the rug to avoid hurting the bottom line?
4) Carbon Footprint
It’s not just the quality control that is at risk. Due to the size of corporations, the way they create and distribute their product or service may have a huge impact on the environment. Sometimes this includes damaging local ecosystems, water supplies, air quality, and more. You don’t have to be an environmental alarmist to recognize the potential environmental impact of an immoral company. What impact do the companies you support have on the environment?
5) Influence Over Employees
In creating products and sharing services, companies utilize employees. Think about the impact that your past jobs have had on yourself and your family. Corporate environments have a great deal of control over employee’s lives. Whether its quality of life and stress at the office, the amount of time required away from family, or health benefits, corporate policies have a tremendous impact on the individual and family.
6) Funding Employee Lifestyles
In fact, they don’t just create an environment that influences employee lifestyles. Companies pay their employees. Thus funding employee lifestyles. Depending on who they hire, salaries will be used for different things. Are salaries going to help support families? Or are salaries being used to fund lavish lifestyles of drugs, sex, and materialism? Is your money funding the CEO who uses it to buy prostitutes and cocaine or the family of believers trying to raise of generations of Godly individuals?
7) Competitor Interaction
Likewise, in creating products and sharing services, companies bump up against other competitors. Companies, especially the bigger ones, play a big role in the business to business relationships. The priorities and values of a company will dictate the way they treat competitors. Are you funding companies who leverage their authority to deceitfully harm other’s businesses?
8) Corporate Partnerships
It’s not just the competition that is influenced. Companies support one another through partnerships. If, for example, I am an oil company, I need a trucking company to transport my goods. In addition to all of the other impact my company has on the world, businesses are also supporting other companies’ mission, vision, and values. Do the companies you shop with support companies whose mission, vision, and values you agree with?
One of the biggest areas of impact occurs outside of production. It’s the promotion of products that really shapes and disciples nations. Advertising is one of the most impactful things a corporation can do. Advertising doesn’t just sell products. Advertising sells the idea of an image or lifestyle that creates demand. The demand for those lifestyles is what sells the products. What image and lifestyles are being sold by the corporations that you support?
10) Lobbying Power
Then to make sure that they can product and promote their products and services, corporations leverage their power to change laws. This is a big one. A lobbyist is someone hired by a business or a cause to persuade legislators to support that business or cause. Lobbyists get paid to win favor from politicians. It is no secret that corporations practically own many politicians and therefore the law. Leveraging through lobbyism, corporations are able to change laws. Do the companies you shop with lobby? If so, what do they lobby for? Are they values that you believe in or things that you would normally die fighting to avoid?
11) Support of political candidates & parties
Closely tied to lobbyism is the support of candidates and parties. It’s funny how big of a deal we make out of politics and voting, yet we often neglect to realize that we vote with our wallets as well. Who are you voting for with your purchases?
12) Corporate boycotts
Recently, corporations have begun leveraging their power in new ways. In the past few months we have seen companies like PayPal and Disney leverage their immense purchasing power to strong-arm entire states into changing or not changing certain laws. What companies that you support are capable of this incredible influence. According to their values, how will they wield this authority?
The Church has been compartmentalized and privatized into four walls a few hours per week. Interestingly enough, we cannot fulfill Jesus’ command to make disciples of all nations from this position. We must come to recognize the immense, culture shaping and discipling power of the corporation. God has given His people vision to glorify Him through these avenues of influence. It is time the Church recognizes this fact and begins to glorify God with our consumption and production.
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