In a world where ethics, transparency and integrity are thrown through the window at every conceivable opportunity, there still remains a generation of Christian business owners, leaders and professionals who are fully sold out to the obedience of biblical principles in their work.
AfCAA Board Chairperson Mrs. Valentine Gitoho, a passionate crusader for accountability and stewardship recently spoke to such a group in Nairobi. She admonished them to take the lead and set an example to the world by being the champions of ethical business practices in their enterprises and organizations.
Valentine told the gathering that ethical practices have to be entrenched in an organization’s policies and manuals for them to be implemented and mainstreamed in the organization’s culture. Christians must, as an act of obedience to God, integrate faith and ethics in their decision making mechanisms
Each of AfCAA’s Seven Biblical Standards provides a clear path for the Christian in the market place to walk in obedience towards an ethical lifestyle.
In the book “On Kingdom Business: Transforming Missions Through Entrepreneurial Strategies” which covers business as missions and (Christian) ethics in business, Wayne A. Grudem shares seven useful points on the application of ethics for Christians in the workplace and marketplace, and which are largely a reflection of AfCAA’s Seven Biblical Standards for Accountability and Stewardship.
- Christian Business Ethics: Taking Care of Resources
when we care for our possessions, it gives us opportunity to imitate many other attributes of God, such as wisdom, knowledge, beauty, creativity, love for others, kindness, fairness, independence, freedom, exercise of will, blessedness (or joy), and so forth.
- Christian Business Ethics: Greed and materialism
We could use our resources to advance our own pride, or we could become greedy and accumulate wealth for its own sake, or we could take wrongful security in riches (see Matt. 6:19; Luke 12:13-21, James 5:3). We could use our possessions foolishly and wastefully, abounding in luxury and self-indulgence while we neglect the needs of others (see James 5:5; 1 John 3:17). These things are rightly called ‘materialism,’ and they are wrong.
- Christian Business Ethics: Buying and Selling Goods
We can imitate God’s attributes each time we buy and sell, if we practice honesty, faithfulness to our commitments, fairness, and freedom of choice.
- Christian Business Ethics: Earning Profit
The ability to earn a profit is thus the ability to multiply our resources while helping other people. It is a wonderful ability that God gave us, and it is not evil or morally neutral but fundamentally good. Through it we can reflect God’s attributes of love for others, wisdom, sovereignty, and even planning for the future.
- Christian Business Ethics: Money and Financial Resources
Money provides many opportunities to glorify God, through investing and expanding our stewardship and imitating God’s sovereignty and wisdom, through meeting our own needs and thus imitating God’s independence, through giving to others and imitating God’s mercy and love, or through giving to the church and to evangelism and thus bringing others into the kingdom.
- Christian Business Ethics: Attitudes of Heart:
God knows our hearts, and we glorify him by having attitudes of heart in which he delights….And if others work for us, we need to think of them as equal in value as human beings made in the image of God, and our heart’s desire should be that the job brings them good and not harm.
- Christian Ethics in Business: Borrowing and Lending
In this way, borrowing and lending multiply phenomenally our God-given enjoyment of the material creation, and our potential for being thankful to God for all these things and glorifying him through our use of them. In borrowing and lending, we can reflect many of God’s attributes. We can demonstrate trustworthiness and faithful stewardship, honesty, wisdom, love, and mercy.