“For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?” – Matthew 16:26, ESV
Last evening, I watched the movie, “The Founder,” which documents the story of Ray Kroc and his rise to fame as the owner of McDonald’s. Being a small business owner and web designer, I was interested in his business story and, when the movie depicts Kroc getting a tour of the McDonald brothers’ store (with its efficient, streamlined system and revolutionary approach), I was thrilled. However, as the movie progresses, it shows Kroc’s greedy rise to fame and how he was willing to trample those nearest to him in order to get ahead.
As you know, Kroc’s vision for the company made it a global brand. McDonald’s is synonymous with American culture. But did his mistreatment of the McDonald brothers and those around him benefit him? Maybe. In a monetary sense, yes. But as Peter Sheridan in an Express.co.uk article states, Kroc was an alcoholic with a hot temper and anger issues. It made me think about the verse above…about gaining the world (literally in Kroc’s case) and losing his soul. I can’t know Kroc’s relationship with the Lord, but his story does show that business can go wrong if it’s all about money.