Saving the World at Work


“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”
1 Corinthians 10:31
”And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
Colossians 3:17

What does it mean to save the world in the marketplace? Tim Sanders writes about this in Saving the World at Work: What Companies and Individuals Can Do to Go Beyond Making a Profit to Making a Difference. This book is written to a general audience, but it does appear that Sanders is a Christian. It is an inspiring book filled with lots of positive examples of people who are making a difference in their vocational spheres. Sanders also makes this accessible. It’s something anyone can do, and a lot of it has to do with perspective.

Of the examples given, giving a book to a CEO led to a revolution in the carpet industry in terms of corporate social responsibility, and in this case, they made money by doing it. In another example, a manager simply made the effort to be more appreciative and personal, and the outcome was significant (the Xbox Story). It has to do with the way we do business in society, being sustainable and responsible. It also has to do with how we treat others. For a Christian, to paraphrase Ken Heffner, it’s not about doing certain things. Being a Christian is how we do all things.