Business Ethics

by Stan Mitchell
contractors3.jpgBill sat at his desk. It was after midnight. He was scared for his job and his family. He was almost sure he had lost the contract that morning on the new wing for the elementary school.
Where would he find the money to pay his workers? What about his ability to provide for his family?
He knew his competitor’s bid was impossibly low. In order to do a job that cheaply, he would have to cheat, cut corners to the point of endangering lives. Bill felt an overwhelming temptation to similarly underbid, but he couldn’t conscientiously do a shoddy job.
He looked at two statements from the Proverbs written on a Stick-em note:
“Treasures gained by wickedness do not profit, but righteousness delivers from death” (Proverbs 10:2, ESV).
“A false balance is an abomination to the Lord, but a just weight is his delight,”
(Proverbs 11:1).
Bill couldn’t do a poor quality job, not just because he was a good contractor, but because he was a Christian contractor.
As parents, we often give our children lectures on the dangers of peer pressure, but the fact is that adults, too, are under enormous pressure to conform to the standards of those around them.
For God’s person, the term “business ethics” is not a contradiction in terms! It’s a way of life.

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