Perhaps the term “Business Ethics” is incompatible, like the oxymorons: “Military Intelligence” or “Ambitious Hippie” or “Selfless Teenager“.
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 God and money.” (Matthew 6:24b TCNT)
- 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; Hebrews 11:13-16)
- 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; Philippians 4:19)
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)