In the world, not of the world!

There is a concept called “marketplace Christianity” which is defined as the merging of job, ministry, business, and life into one package. Typically many find this to be a foreign concept, as Christianity is compartmentalized into two worlds, being life in church and life out of church. In other words, there are two separate standards for life in and out of church.

On one hand, the marketplace is perceived as business above all, a capitalistic free-for-all to make money, enhance prestige, and earn power. From pop singers to CEOs, we can all imagine how the marketplace works to please our carnal desires for the things of this world. On the other hand, true biblical Christianity evokes an antithetical sentiment. We are demonstrated that it is better to give than to receive (Acts 20:35). We are taught that this earth and everything therein, including money, belongs to God (Psalm 24, Haggai 2:8). We are taught to emulate the sacrifice of Christ for others, even if they are enemies (1 John 3:16-17; 1 Peter 3:9; Romans 12:17-21).

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