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Christian Ethics

BA 616 Business Ethics

Definition of Christian Ethics

A system of values based upon the Judeo/Christian Scriptures

Principles of behavior in concordance with the behaviors of Christian teachings

Standards of thought and behavior as taught by Jesus.


What are some of the “ethical” attributes presented in the teachings of Jesus?

What are some ethical attributes presented in the teachings of other religious persons?

Quotes about Christian Ethics

Quotes on Christian Ethics

Recognize the value of work

“And when you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap your field right up to its edge, nor shall you gather the gleanings after your harvest. You shall leave them for the poor and for the sojourner: I am the Lord your God.” (Leviticus 23:22).

Do not give the poor the food, rather allow the poor to work for themselves


What are examples of the value of work?

Today, some U.S. state governors are trying to get those “able bodied” individuals to work for welfare. They are meeting great resistance politically, why do you think this is?

The value of work

Confirmed by Elton Mayo

Fulfills social, psychological and economic needs of the individual

“If a man will not work, he shall not eat” (2 Thessalonians 3:10)

Christian Ethics

The fruit of a people that have inwardly committed their lives to Christ and are outwardly aligning their actions with His teachings.

“May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us— yes, establish the work of our hands” (Psalms. 90:17).

Employees with a Christian Code of Ethics

Welcome accountability

Happy to show their efforts

A system of checks and balances

Sees possible training moment

Fosters collaboration with management

“Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies have no sense” (Proverbs 12:11)

Employees with a Christian Code of Ethics

Not motivated by greed

Work is its own reward

Measure success in a non-monetary way

Seek payment for the work they do

Money is second to obedience

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters” (Colossians 3:23).

Employees with a Christian Code of Ethics

Are highly productive

Are work focused

Work hard throughout the day

Find value in completing assigned tasks

Understand that they are there to work

“Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in forced labor” (Proverbs 12:24).

Employees with a Christian Code of Ethics

Have a strong work ethic

Believe in a Biblical perspective of work


Recognize the value of work

Relate their job to their faith

“All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty” (Proverbs 14:23)

Employees with a Christian Code of Ethics

Bring a cooperative spirit to the workplace

Supportive of management

Strong contributor to teams

Are kind to everyone in the workplace

Relates well to customers

“In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us” (Titus 2:7-8).

Employees with a Christian Code of Ethics

Do not find their joy in temporal things

Understand that God wants them to work

They bring joy to the workplace, they do not seek to find joy in the workplace

Flexible, easy to motivate

“Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans” (Proverbs 16:3).

Benefits of a Christian Work Ethic

We should work cheerfully, without complaint because we are working for the Lord.

A good work ethic can also be a witness to others

The world takes notice of our efforts and wonders why we do what we do.

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).

A Christian Work Ethic is not

A license to be a workaholic.

We do not work merely to amass worldly wealth.

We also do not work ourselves into the ground or to the extent that our health is damaged or our families suffer.

“but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal” (Matthew 6:20)

The Protestant Work Ethic

A sociological theory, stating the value attached to hard work, thrift, and efficiency in one’s worldly calling, which, especially in the Calvinist view, were deemed signs of an individual’s election, or eternal salvation.

Components of The Protestant Work Ethic

All men must work, even the rich, because to work is God’s will.

It was the duty of men to serve as God's instruments here on earth, to reshape the world in the fashion of the Kingdom of God.

Men were not to lust after wealth, but were to reinvest the profits of their labor into financing further ventures.

Earnings were to be reinvested over and over again.

Seek unlimited profits is good

Major forces in the Protestant Work Ethic – John Calvin


Born in France, lived throughout Europe

Studied for the priesthood, but dropped out

Developed the Calvinist branch of Protestant Church

Credited with developing the Protestant Work Ethic

Major forces in the Protestant Work Ethic - Max Weber

German sociologist Max Weber, in The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism (1904–05), held that the Protestant ethic was an important factor in the economic success of Protestant groups in the early stages of European capitalism; because worldly success could be interpreted as a sign of eternal salvation, it was vigorously pursued


Do you believe the Protestant Work Ethic is still valid today?

What is your opinion of the Protestant Work Ethic