Jesus is Not a CEO

Chris Blumhofer writes a needed corrective at Out of Ur on the trend to make Jesus the greatest CEO of all time.

Reading the Gospels for leadership principles like team building, vision casting, or ‘seeing the potential in others’ makes a mockery of authorial intent and historical-cultural backgrounds. Such readings appear to take the Bible seriously, but they don’t do it justice; they simply create anachronistic interpretations.

People need to stop using the Bible to justify their church-as-business paradigm. Chris correctly observes that Jesus was not first-and-foremost a leader with a message for us, but rather a savior who loved the world enough to die for it. He was consumed with the idea of servanthood. If leaders want to follow Jesus example, they too should be servants.

6 Responses to “Jesus is Not a CEO”

  1. Bill Kinnon says:

    Well said, Rick. I’ve missed your posting. Glad to see you re-emerging.

    Mark 10 and Matthew 20 seem to be passages that the church-as-business folk conveniently ignore.

  2. Adam G. says:

    True, true. This pastor-as-CEO/church-as-business approach does a disservice to the reign of Christ.

  3. Rick Meigs says:

    Bill: Have you done any posts on these two passages?

  4. Rick Meigs says:

    Amen Adam.

  5. bipolar2 says:

    ** Jesus no CEO, but xianity is a business fraud **

    “We godless anti-metaphysicians” accept only one world. The world we call ‘nature.’ And, not to forget our collective human handiwork, culture. Religions are large-scale human artifacts arising in cultures embedded in nature.

    Any specific religion practices a cultic myth enforced by custom and law, prejudice and revenge, intimidation and violence.

    The big-3 near eastern religions are obsolete cultural constructs . . . fronts for far right political ideologies and booming business frauds.

    © 2008

  6. Rick Meigs says:

    bipolar2: Thanks for you comments. They are always welcome.

    I’m sure Al Gore, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Martin Luther King, Jr., would disagree that they, as Christians, are part of a “front for far right political ideologies.”