by Ben Kinchlow
There was Scripture reading, prayer, hymns, and testimonies. There were
"Amen?s", fiery preachers, and folks standing to make a
commitment. A typical church service? No, in fact, the Amen?s were not
coming from church congregants, and the Scriptures were not about
repentance, per se, but rather about repenting for their spiritual life
not impacting their businesses. This was, in fact, a business meeting.
The setting was Cobo Hall, the Joe Louis Arena, in downtown Motown.
Speakers had come from as far away as the Bahamas, Virginia Beach,
Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, and L.A., just to name a few places. There
were celebrities, wealthy individuals, and successful men and women from a
variety of disciplines. It was an education for many and a dream come true
for others. I think it was a first step toward the legitimate fulfillment
of the Scripture?. "the wealth of the wicked is laid up for the
righteous". (Proverbs 13:22)
I?m sure you have used or heard that Scripture on occasion, but have
you ever wondered exactly how that is supposed to take place? As a young
Christian, I often heard that and wondered exactly how God wound bring
that to pass. Yet, I knew the Scriptures were infallible and absolutely
accurate, and therefore must be fulfilled. How, I wondered, could the
wealth of the wicked be transferred to the righteous? There must be a way
to allow God to be fair to the wicked, yet keep his promise to the
righteous. To simply strip the wealth from the wicked would leave God open
to a charge of favoritism and "the judge of all the earth" must
at all times, in all manner "do right"
Some years ago the answer came to me as I meditated on a passage of
Scripture? "to him that hath shall be given?" This is the
basis for the old proverb, "the rich get richer while the poor get
poorer". You see, the last half of that verse reads, "?to him
that hath not, even that which he hath shall be taken from him".
(Matthew 13:12) Scripture articulates how we reach the stage of becoming
the "haves" as opposed to the "have-nots". When placed
in a non-religious context, (i.e., business) this Scriptures proves itself
out and has demonstrated its power and value in some of the largest
corporate structures in the world. Every multi-national, multi-billion
dollar corporation applies the principles contained in the Scripture on a
daily, and in some cases, an hourly basis.
This was the essence of the messages contained, for the most part, in
the Christian Business Network meeting I attended in Detroit. The
principle is articulated in King James English thusly? "He that
would be the greatest among you must be the servant of all." (Mark
In modern 21st century English, it would read thusly?. "to make
big bucks, render great service, and the dude with the best service makes
the most bucks". Apply this to your own experience and ask yourself,
"Where would I go most? Where I got the best service, or the
worst?" Think of some of the corporate giants that come to mind when
you consider the long-range application of this principle.
In order for the wealth of the wicked to be transferred to the
righteous, we must provide the services necessary to attract that wealth?.
businesses. Could it be that a 1st century
principle of "service" is the wealth-transference tool of the
21st century? Let me reiterate. The Bible is not a religious book, and the
principles contained therein are not religious principles. God?s plan
was to reveal to his people how they could "spoil" the nations
where they found themselves. No matter the conditions in which they found
themselves, by implementing these principles, they would inevitably rise
to become "the head and not the tail, the lenders, not the borrowers,
the first, and not the last".
Let us consider the ways in which we might refrain from just doing
business as usual, and really become "the greatest among them".
Let us strive to give God the means to legitimately transfer the wealth.