Business Ethics

February 22, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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Perhaps the term “Business Ethics” is incompatible, like the oxymorons: “Military Intelligence” or “Ambitious Hippie” or “Selfless Teenager” or even as a friend has suggested “Christian Politician.”

It may be that in our struggle to apply Biblical truth to market place realities, we fail to grasp: The fact that the world’s values and modus operandi are driven by GREED, while Kingdom values are based on GENEROSITY. Hence, the clashing of two cultures.  Jesus reminded us: “You cannot serve both God and money.” (Matthew 6:24b NIV)

Just who we are in Christ: A redeemed people in the process of conforming into Christlikeness, en route to our heavenly home, while temporarily domiciling on planet Earth. As such, we would not want to do anything in our business practices to sully that process. [See Romans 8:29;  For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.   Romans 8:29 (NIV)…and…   Hebrews 11:13-16    “All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth.    People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own.    If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return.    Instead, they were longing for a better country–a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them. ”  Hebrews 11:13-16 (NIV) ]

The fact that it is God, not us, who provides for our needs: This being true, we need not “prostitute” our integrity by bowing to sub-Biblical ethical practices in a miserly attempt to meet our obligations. [See Hebrews 13:5;    Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,  “Never will I leave you;  never will I forsake you.”    Hebrews 13:5 (NIV)…and…  Philippians 4:19     “And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”   Philippians 4:19 (NIV) ]

So the next time you are faced with a moral or ethical dilemma in your business or profession, simply ask the question: “What would Jesus do?”  If you are unable to do that, it is highly likely that you are in the wrong profession. After all, as followers of Christ would it not be better to maintain one’s integrity as a ditch digger, than to PROSTITUTE one’s honor in the running of a multinational corporation? It all depends upon whether your perspective is temporal or eternal.  “For what good is it for a man to gain the whole world at the price of his own soul? What could a man offer to buy back his soul once he had lost it?” (Matthew 16:26 – Phillips)

Adapted from: Facts of the Matter: Daily Devotionals. revised by Danny Peace