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that holds that we are accountable to our
Creator and that we are not the authors of
truth and virtue can combat the spread of
opportunistic corruption which has been
accelerated by relative moralism.
TOS: What would you like to see from
Christian students who have a heart for
David: I would like to see them not
abandon the world we are in, but be a redemptive force in it. Growing up in the
world of the 1980s as a young person I
was formed in a very unintentional ‘
abandon the world to its devices’ mentality. We
need to be engaged, as persuaders in our
cultural context. God did not plant us
here to wring our hands while we await
our great escape; Scripture clearly directs
us to bring order, virtue, and light to
places that are chaotic, corrupt, and full
of blindness. The biography of David Livingstone is a great read for an example to
follow in this regard.
TOS: How can Christians best do that?
David: This does not mean simply
handing out Gospel tracts at work; it
means demonstrating the superiority of
a moral life submitted to God, promoting
virtues and accountability to ALL stakeholders, intentionally moving into leadership roles, and not hiding the fact that
this ethic comes from a deep Christian
faith. It may also mean willingness to lose
your career for doing the right thing and
being ok with starting over. No just war
is won without sacrifice. Isn’t that
exactly what Christ did? Also part of our duty
is to pursue excellence in our fields. This
is about integrity and serving well. We
have no credibility without competence.
So pray, prepare, pursue, and persevere!
And then pray some more! Pray for character and guidance. Prepare to have the
skills you need to work with excellence
and, God willing, lead in a field of interest. Pursue God’s values in that field. See
where there is something broken and
find a solution! And persevere until God
moves you into another field where you
will do the same thing.
TOS: Do you have a challenge you’d like
to leave with today’s business students?
David: I think I just gave it. Pray, prepare, pursue, and persevere.
TOS: Thank you so much for your heart
for God and all you do to serve your students and the world around you.
Bonnie Rose Hudson works as the Executive
Editor of SchoolhouseTeachers.com, the
curriculum site of The Old Schoolhouse®
Magazine. Her heart’s desire is for every
child to feel the love of God and know how
special they are to Him. She would love for
you to stop by her author’s blog WriteBon
nieRose.com for resources to help teach
your children about missions and the persecuted Church, free history and writing
printables, and to discover how you can
write for the homeschool market.
David Shepson is the principal and founder of Applied Accounting Dynamics, a full
service accounting, tax, and finance consulting company he started in February,
2010. He earned a Master of Science in Accountancy from the University of Phoenix
after completing a Bachelor of Science in
Business Administration. He also earned
the Enrolled Agent designation in 2012.
He has been teaching accounting courses
as an adjunct instructor at the college
level since 2011, which he loves! Teaching is truly his first love. Accounting is a
close second. He is blessed to be married
with four children whom he and his wife
homeschool. He desires students to see how
a Christian ethic lived out by committed
people could change the landscape of corporate America or whichever country they
may live in. America is experiencing an
ethical crisis that is threatening the underpinnings of our financial systems. Today’s
students may very well be part of the solution. In doing so, they may create a platform for the Gospel that changes the tone
of the national conversation on Christianity. He knows it sounds big, but he believes
it can happen. If you’re not so sure, go read
about William Wilberforce.
We have no credibility without competence.