Do Christian Values Have a Place in Business? Essay

1048 Words Jun 28th, 2012 5 Pages

Do Christian Values Have a Place in Business?
Business Ethics

Do Christian values have a place in business? Does oil mix with water? No it does not. This would be a typical response for most business owners in the twenty –first century. In the United States and abroad businesses have experienced mass corruption, and headlines depict the deterioration of business ethics among our growing global community. Many business owners aspire to ethical principles regarding the operations of their business but many would most likely agree that upholding Christian values would be detrimental to their business. As a Believer and a former business owner, Christian values where a high priority
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Quality and fair pricing is something all business should aspire to. Christians who honor their beliefs would put other people’s needs before their own, Mark 12:33 says “And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbor as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices”. (KJV pg. 1096) This means thinking of other people as you would think of yourself, a person would not cheat themselves and therefore should be honest and fair to others. Many businesses do try to honor this ethical choice, but others may not. Honoring creditors can also fall under Mark 12: 33, by loving others, you would treat them how you would want to be treated. Another biblical principle that applies to this is Romans 13:8 “Owe no man anything, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. This scripture is one that all people should adhere to Christian or secular in business. It enhances your credibility in the community and builds trust with creditors. Treating customers and employees fair is another ethical principle that most businesses adhere to and values that a Christian would adhere to. Many companies focus on the customer first and the employee second, but as times change trends are beginning to emerge where customers are not treated in regards to the adage “customers are always right”. With cost and inflation, dishonesty
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