CHRISTIAN ETHICS IN THE WORK FORCE (9/3/89)
Colossians 3: 23
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JESUS CHRIST said, "If you keep My commandments, you will abide
in My love, just as I have kept My Father's commandments and
abide in His love" (John 15: 10).
There is nothing pale, paultry, or petty about the
pronouncements of the Prince of Peace. There is only that which
is powerful, purposeful, and positive. To do what He says is to
One of the Ten Commandments instituted by God was the world's
first labor legislation. Simply stated it is: "Six days you
shall labor and do all your work..." (Exodus 20: 9). If that
commandment was incumbent on Christ, it is binding on me. It is
a summary of the Christian work ethic.
This commandment was a deferred result of what happened in the
Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve had an ideal existence. Their only
responsibility was to engage in "dressing" the garden. As a
result of their disobedience, God told them that they and their
descendants would spend their lives laboring. The commandment is
an exhortation to be faithful in fulfilling that responsibility.
Disobedience to this command was so apparent in a Detroit
business office that workers found the following posted on a
bulletin board: "The management regrets that it has come to
their attention that workers dying on the job are failing to
fall down. This practice must stop, as it becomes impossible to
distinguish between death and natural movement of the staff. Any
employeefound dead in an upright position will be dropped from
Many people stop looking for work when they get a job.
It will be a great day when everybody who has a ...
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