The Business Model
The thing with Uber is people either love it, or fear it. And while I know the company faces issues and can always improve its game, I have to say I admire their impact on the world. The technology and the convenience they brought to the table has changed the way people travel and has impacted multiple industries.
Airports had to remodel and create rideshare areas. Local governments had to create permits and policies. The taxi companies spent thousands trying to match Uber’s technology. The cost of a yellow cab medallion in New York City right before Uber launched was an average of $1 million but now you can get one for about $186,000. That is just how influential Uber has been.
Because it is so affordable, people are able to take Uber no matter what the circumstance. Whether they are ready to leave a party and their friends are not or whether they are a senior who lives alone and needs a ride to the doctor. College students, retirees and people in-between jobs can make some cash and most drivers meet really interesting people and have a pretty positive experience.
What I am saying is that Uber has changed us as a society. And if a company like Uber can do that, then I am assured the church, the Body of Christ can also change society.
Uber created a business model and stuck to it. Various Uber drivers told me that when cities would fine drivers and take their cars, Uber would pay all the fees and tell the drivers to go back on the road until eventually the cities would create legislature to monitor rideshare and therefore allow Uber to operate. Even airports who initially denied access to Uber eventually caved to consumer demand and allowed Uber in.
Jesus gave us a business model and all we have to do as the Church is stick to it.
“Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, ‘Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?’ Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.’” (Matthew 22:35-40).
If we would follow the model, we too could change society. So much of what is happening in the world is due to people lacking love. I mean real love, not the lust that the media throws at us on a 24-hour loop. The Bible tells us what real love is.
“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-7).
I am talking about a love we get when we love God and He loves us. It creates a love inside of us that we are to share with the world. It is a transforming love that sets people free from addiction, heals marriages, paves the way to success and even sets nations free. Love covers a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8).
I truly believe if the Church would share that love with the world, society would be transformed. Governments would have to make changes to allow that love to flow. Corporations would have to create policies to meet that expectation of love. And people would change under the light of that divine love. So let’s make a commitment as Christ’s Body to show more of Him through giving His love!
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