Since people don’t automatically develop good moral character, we need to leverage every possible influence to help people adopt and develop the values, virtues and abilities necessary for moral decision-making and behavior.
While this transformation must take place first on a very personal level, there are other influences that must be considered.
The development of healthy character qualities belongs first and foremost to families and then to faith communities, but schools and youth service organizations also have a responsibility in this important process, as well.
Young people need to be taught things like respect, responsibility and honesty. There are certain core ethical values that transcend cultural, religious and socioeconomic differences. We can leverage the greatest influence when we partner together.
Christian philosopher Peter Kraft once said, “While the teaching of natural virtues will not save you anyone’s souls, it might save our civilization, which is no small feat.” That statement has huge application in today’s culture.
Another major culture-shaping environment is found in the workplace. Scripture has a lot to say about workplace issues.
You have to keep context in mind but look at the principles found in the book of Colossians: “Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to win their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord. Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men…Masters, provide your slaves with what is right and fair because you know that you also have a Master in heaven” — Colossians 3:23-24, and 4:1 (NIV).
This has broad application for the workplace on almost every level, don’t you think?
We need to be righteous and fair. We need to create work environments that honor and encourage everyone to work in ways that are God-honoring and to treat other people with respect.
If you are under leaders in the workplace, you are called by God to work in ways that are respectful, honest and industrious.
So many workplaces today are toxic. They are dysfunctional and unhealthy. The good news is that in many places, there is a renewed emphasis on defining corporate mission statements and to organize around specific values in the workplace.
If you are a leader in a workplace setting, you are in a perfect place to influence your company on the highest levels possible when it comes to matters of character and integrity. You are not there just to make money. You are there to make a difference.
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