Thursday, April 13, 2006

Are there business leaders who work for sensible policies?

Fortunately, yes, there are many (see for example the website of Business Leaders for Sensible Policies:

The bad news is that there aren't enough business leaders involved. In one of the most advanced countries of the world, the USA, how many years did the BLSP take to grow from the East Coast to even the West Coast?

And the sad thing is that BLSP focuses only on trying to re-prioritise the US budget, to decrease military spending to sensible levels and then to put that money to the most emotionally-moving issue of kids and education.

This should undoubtedly be the easiest of areas for which to get support.

How much support have they got? To date, as far as I can make out, they have only about 650 members. How very expensive is it to join this elite group? It costs only $250 a year….

Has BLSP had much effect? Not yet…..

This is not to say that there are no other business leaders fighting for sensible priorities. I know some who are committed to fighting global poverty, human trafficking, environmental abuse and the challenges being posed by the new technologies.

So each of us is called to work for what is true and beautiful and lovely and best, though we may do it in different arenas and at different points of the globe.

It is not for us to belittle what others are doing. Rather, it is for us to draw strength from them, and from God, so that we continue doing what is right.

That is why my concluding word, before I shut down for Good Friday, is the following: whether or not you are a business leader, if you have not yet read THE PARADOXICAL COMMANDMENTS, there can hardly be a better season in which to get acquainted with them.

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1 comment:

Mark said...

Have you read "God's Politics" by Jim Wallis. If so, what do you think of it?