The Religion Of Business


Years back a good friend of mine made a comment.

He said that business management theory and training had surpassed religion in its ability to help man.

It was an interesting comment and I’ve thought about it since then.

I was reminded of my friends comment over the last few business conferences I’ve attended.

At one conference they went around the room as each business owner shared what he was doing as a human being to help his family and his community.

I was like seriously?

It’s a Tuesday and some guy is trying to coach me to be a better person?

I came here to learn how to improve my business.

Not to learn how to love my neighbor.

Harsh but true.

The lines between business and religion have blurred.

At least that’s how the world seems nowadays.

Business is the new religion.

People sit in church thinking about work.

Heck, people sit around most of the time just thinking about work.

It’s a sad state.

And for some, Capitalism has won the day.

Sell, sell, sell.

Buy, buy, buy.

Go, go, go.

But Capitalism suffers from moral bankruptcy.

And so we disguise capitalism by using the term business.

And then we infuse business with moral teachings.

And then business becomes our religion.

It’s all about making money.

Spending money.

And having fun.

It’s a familiar cycle.

And it works for a lot of people.

I guess what I’m trying to say is this.

Don’t let your business become your religion.

And while you’re at it.

Don’t let your religion make you less of who you can be.