Non-Profit Analysis Project
Part 1: Christian World View
According to Del Tackett’s article on the Focus on the Family website, a person with a Biblical world view “believes his primary reason for existence is to love and serve God” (Tackett, 2012). Barna Research Group asks the following questions to determine if a person has a Biblical worldview: “Do absolute moral truths exist? Is absolute truth defined by the Bible? Did Jesus Christ live a sinless life? Is God the all-powerful and all-knowing Creator of the universe, and does He still rule it today? Is salvation a gift from God that cannot be earned? Is Satan real? Does a Christian have a responsibility to share his or her faith in Christ with other people? Is the Bible accurate in all of its teachings?” (Tackett, 2012).
My personal answers are that yes absolute moral truth does exist and is defined by the Bible. An example would be pre-marital or extra-marital sex which the Bible tells us goes against God. This is an absolute moral truth and is defined by the Bible. Jesus did live a sinless life and yes God is the all-knowing and powerful creator of the universe and yes He still rules it today.
John 14:6 tells us, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Those words confirm that yes salvation is a gift through God that cannot be earned. Satan is real from before the fall of man in the Garden of Eden and will continue to be at the time of Revelations when he is finally chained and thrown into the pits of hell.
Matthew 28:19-20 instructs us to: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” This confirms that yes we have a responsibility to share our faith in Christ with other people. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 confirms that the Bible is accurate in all of its teachings: “16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God[a] may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
Advantages to running a non-profit with a Christian worldviews include knowing that everything you are doing you are measuring against the word of God, the ability to attract donors and volunteers who share your beliefs and the chance to share Christ with others. The disadvantages would be that due to the separation of church and state in the government, if you are a faith based non-profit you would not be eligible to receive certain grants and other monies from the federal government.
Working with a Christian non-profit can be a wonderful environment to be in, but only if the mission statement and the people working there from the top on down truly believe, exemplify and practice a Christian worldview. I have worked for a Christian non-profit that raised money for missions work here in the United States but there was much extravagance and wasteful spending and the activities that some departments were involved in seemed to little resemble the goal of the organization.
Even if a non-profit does embrace a Christian worldview, the people working for it may become too sheltered from the pain of the real world which depending upon the mission of the non-profit may prove essential to reaching the population segment that the non-profit is geared towards.
Having a Christian worldview is essential for a Christian who works in a non-profit organization, but it not essential that a non-profit organization itself have a Christian worldview. The Red Cross does a lot of good worldwide but they certainly do not have a Christian worldview. However, every 56 days I still donate my blood and would help in a disaster situation any way that I could regardless of their worldview.
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