The following four crucial principles guide CCBF’s Christian business ethics and its members.
Christian businessmen and women are called by God to conduct their business according to a sacred standard that transcends traditional business ethics. After God created the earth and everything in it, God appointed mankind to be stewards of the earth (Genesis 1:28). As Christian business professionals, the Lord has entrusted us with his resources, both physical and financial, to manage them with care and skill. We honor the Lord in our business by observing and following his principles.
The Lord desires for us to trust him in everything (Proverbs 3:5). That doesn’t mean we trust him only in our personal lives. It includes our professional lives as well. To the Lord there is no distinction between the two. Christian business professionals depend on the Lord’s leadership for their business. We actively pursue God’s blessing upon our work by praying and trusting him to provide strategic direction, resources, and earnings.
The Lord delights in justice (Proverbs 21:3). Therefore we must conduct business fairly. We must not cheat our employees. Instead, we pay them fair wages and ensure that their work conditions are appropriate. Not only is fair treatment a biblical principle, it is likely to improve business as employees will tend to work more productively and happily.
In the same way that we treat our employees fairly, we do the same with our clients. Instead of cutting corners on service and prices, we provide exactly what we promise and we charge what is fair. We only engage in endeavors that are pleasing and acceptable to the Lord, and we refrain from those that may be profitable but involve sin.
The Lord expects us to productively use whatever knowledge and resources he has given to us, no matter how great or small (Mathew 25:14-15). Idleness and laziness have no place in the life of a Christian business professional. Instead, God instructs that hard work is essential in conducting business profitably.
Working hard is also an example to those around us that we care about God’s resources and that we don’t intend to waste them. Glorifying God in business can be done on any level at any position, because we can use exactly what he has given us at each moment of our lives. A start-up entrepreneur can honor God as much as a senior executive.
The Lord is generous, especially towards the underprivileged (Psalm 113:7-9). Christian business professionals go beyond worldly expectations of generosity to help the least of society. We do things such as hire refugees or ex-convicts, open stores in unsafe city neighborhoods to reach people with the gospel, and donate large earnings to charitable organizations instead of reinvesting it in our own organization.
These are risks most business leaders would not take. It seems foolish to them because it opposes sinful, human nature that only does what is best for us. But Christian business professionals take these risks knowing that in God’s economy those kinds of risks are rewarded. Godly businesses do more than self-sustain. They provide sustenance for those who have none.