Business Ethics

Business Ethics

The term business ethics has long been considered an oxymoron in many Christian and non-Christian circles. Christian children are told that they are ‘too straight’ to really make it big in the world of business. Yet God’s demand for honesty remains (Proverbs 11: 1). The language cannot be stronger. God hates cheating. Therefore God’s people are to take pains to avoid it (Proverbs 11: 3). It is to be their hallmark. The Bible does not deny that dishonesty may get you some short-term benefits, but, as always, the Scripture challenges us to look long-term (Proverbs 11: 18). No one is saying that it is easy to practise business ethics in a fallen world. But I see no other option for disciples of Jesus Christ. The remarkable thing is that even the business community is beginning to recognise that honesty is ultimately good business.

Soo-Inn Tan