Unethical Practices in the Business World

As business professionals, it can be overwhelming the opportunities we encounter to potentially act in an unethical manner, whether it is to “close the sale,” or make a larger profit. I have been guilty of this before in my career and it is something that I continually have to work on so that I can better serve the Lord and what He has called me to do as a business professional. In the insurance business, several immoral or “unethical” acts can take place to gain a higher profitability. Oftentimes, this can go completely unrecognized and therefore hurt the clients or customers that you are “serving.” It is imperative to remember, however, that acting in an appropriate manner towards each of your clients all the time will prove to be more beneficial for you and your business in the future. Not only is this the right thing to do, but it will save your business potential devastation down the road. It simply states within Leviticus 19:11 that, “Ye shall not steal, neither deal falsely, neither lie to one another.” Although this verse is so simple, it provides us with perfect instruction as to how we should act in each and every business transaction. Lying is considered to be a sin in the eyes of the Lord and is made mention of several times throughout His word. I sincerely believe that if we keep this at the forefront of our minds that less corruption and evil will take place amongst the business world.

I welcome any thoughts regarding this topic.

Blessings!

Brittany Means

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  1. ljhayne says:

    Thanks, Brittany!

    I, too, have witnessed how much potential there is to “hedge,” “cut corners,” or “take liberties,” even in strictly regulated industries. It’s funny, we use soft words and invent innocuous phrases to disguise the fact that an action is unethical and (more to the point), sinful.

    I am constantly amazed at people in general and even within myself how easy it is to notice these unethical “opportunities.” These are the times that Satan often successfully trips us up. It isn’t a new tactic in his arsenal–that’s what he used to tempt Eve in the garden!

    “So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.” Genesis 3:6 (ESV)

    Without a God-centered heart, our eyes can quickly become myopic to the right thing to do and completely overlook the long-term consequences of an action. It’s critical to keep the right perspective in our workplace. I feel that I sometimes need to emblazon Colossians 3:23-25 on the walls of my office:

    Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for his wrong… (NIV)

    As Christians, we represent Christ to others. Our actions should be beyond reproach.

    Thank you again for your post!
    Lynn

  2. Ola says:

    On larger scale, unethical practices in the business world are a major issue that has kept people and even many countries in bondage. There are so many countries in the world today where everything is all about how much money individuals can accumulate, regardless of the means or the method. The Bible tells us in Ephesians 6:12 that “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” For these nations, unethical business practices, greed, just to mention a few have become the norm. This is a challenge for everyone, because life depends on decisions and in all those decisions, we have the opportunities to choose to Gods way or the other. As for me and my house, I choose the former.
    Thanks for your post.
    Ola

  3. theFlower says:

    Lynn, I really like how you reminded us about Colossians 3:23-25, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men…” As Christians, when we apply this in our daily work, it does not matter which position we hold or what we do, we will be able to restrain from unethical business practices. When we acknowledge who (God) we work for, then this gives us the leverage to make the right choice and do our very best. May everything that we do always bring glory to God. Thank you and God bless!

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