Adapted and excerpted from the BAM Global Think Tank report on BAM at the Base of the Pyramid.
The Call to Poverty Alleviation Through Business
Business has a role in alleviating poverty. Christians in business have a unique opportunity, and responsibility, to address the suffering and injustice of the 2.5 billion people who live on less than US$2.50 per day.
The call to bring poverty-alleviation back as a central focus and purpose of business as mission (BAM) is built on several foundational understandings:
1. We are all created in God’s image: equal, creative, and imaging God in our work
Every person on this Earth is created in God’s image, from those our world defines as the most humble to the greatest, we are equals. This foundational Christian understanding of who we are has profound implications for our understanding of work, of business, and unemployment. Timothy Keller in his new book, Every Good Endeavor: Connecting your Work to God’s Work, provides a fresh perspective on work, starting with Genesis and God’s work in Creation, to Christ’s humble role as a carpenter, and each of our own unique vocational callings in this world. On the definition of calling in his book, Keller states, “Our daily work can be a calling only if it is reconceived as God’s assignment to serve others.” (Keller, 2012 p66) Read more