What price are you willing to pay, and to what lengths are you willing to go, in order to remain pure during your pilgrimage between here and eternity?
Consider the alarming teaching of Paul in 1 Corinthians 6:9b, 10:
“Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God.”
Jesus, in recognizing our proclivity toward lust and theft, said in effect that we should take whatever measures are necessary to resolve these problems.
Even to the point of gouging out our eye or cutting off our hand:
“And if your right eye makes you stumble, tear it out, and throw it from you; for it is better for you that one of the parts of your body perish, than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand makes you stumble, cut it off, and throw it from you; for it is better for you that one of the parts of your body perish, than for your whole body to go into hell.” (Matthew 5:29-30)
Now I doubt that anyone reading this communiqué is blatantly stealing from their friends or even from their adversaries. But is it possible that in our business dealings we steal from them through such tactics as:
Exaggerating what we can deliver — Omitting to tell what we cannot deliver — Delaying services, payment and compensation — Bending the laws to ease procuring, accounting, manufacturing and marketing?
Recently, in reflecting on this tough issue of ethics in business, I came to the personal decision that I would rather clean toilets for a living in the most backwater area of the world and maintain my integrity than compromise my virtue and risk heaven.
Gouge out your eyes and cut off your hand? Yes! If that is what it takes to live a life that is reflective of Christ’s character.