Summary: Running a business does not mean an absolute guarantee of success, because there are many factors in life which cannot always be anticipated, such as for example war, fire, floods, etc. A business is a great responsibility. It requires a lot of effort, ma
Christian Business And Ethics
Luke 19:12 -13 - Therefore He said: "A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and to return. So he called ten of his servants, delivered to them ten minas and said to them, 'Do business till I come."
Isaiah 48:17 - Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer and The Holy One of Israel: "I am the LORD your God, Who teaches you to profit, Who leads you by the way you should go.
Psalm 35:27 - Let the LORD be magnified, Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.
THE SECULAR BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT
Running a business does not mean an absolute guarantee of success, because there are many factors in life which cannot always be anticipated, such as for example war, fire, floods, etc. A business is a great responsibility. It requires a lot of effort, management, and time. A successful business does not happen by accident, but rather by the concerted effort and skills of its owners, managers, and employees.
All aspects of any business organization and individual employment should be governed by integrity and honesty.
God has built moral laws into the world and these moral laws are just as real and powerful as any of the other laws God has placed within the universe.
These moral laws operate just as reliably as all the other spiritual and natural laws and no person is immune from their effects. Applying these laws leads to success and ignoring or rejecting them leads to failure.
Another aspect of the moral law of God is that it is universal. It works for all people, for all cultures, and at all times. It was given to man for a framework in which to live successfully.
It must also be noted that business is a major social institution. Society will reward companies that keep promises and are honest, but will punish enterprises that regularly miss deadlines, produce substandard products, and are unethical in dealing with their customers.
There is no force to keep leaders ethical. Doing the right thing ethically may not be in the best interest of an individual or an organization.
Unfortunately, even those who profess to accept a certain ethic are frequently unwilling to pay the price. The temptation for material gain can outweigh all of these motivations for integrity. It seems that the current worldview deems that the only wrong thing about shady business dealings and immoral workplace ethics is in being exposed.
Employees are under constant pressure from employers to ensure that the organization achieves maximum profitability. They require that everything possible must be done to enhance this objective. This may mean applying unethical methods to gain an unfair advantage over other competitors.
Most secular business owners are not interested in the personal moral values of their employees and feel that they have no right to interject personal values into corporate matters.
Good workplace ethics is an extension of the personal standards inherent in the people who make up the workplace.
Companies can enhance their image and performance by investing into employee development through ethical training.