A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favor rather than silver and gold.
As the waters of the global marketplace become more muddied, the line between what was once an obvious “righteous” endeavor and a corrupt one is becoming exceedingly thin. So much so, that many men and women have become desensitized to sin's sting, and have fallen to the temptation of setting aside their integrity for the sake of making a buck. What this looks like for everyone comes in all shapes and sizes, and even the most nobly-minded follower of Christ has fallen prey.
At the end of the day, nothing is worth more than your good name. To be known as a man or woman of integrity is absolutely priceless! The real value is how your good name causes you to walk in favor, which is your protection in the workplace!
“Surely, LORD, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.” (Psalm 5:12)
But, what about the “gray area” that so many of us seem to hover around all the time?
On the one hand, it's pretty safe to say that most Christians would agree that investing in companies that earn their revenue supporting ungodly activities such as pornography, same-sex marriage, abortion, gambling and other acts of sin is wrong. But, what about other ways of increasing our bank accounts? In the end, did we lose our “good name” in the process?
- Mulling over a colleague to get a promotion, by spreading gossip about them – regardless if it's true!
- Fudging the numbers a little to convince investors to fund your newest venture.
- Taking the advice of an inside-trader to turn around a quick buck on the stock market.
- Telling a “white lie” to the health inspector, knowing full well that your new building is not up to code.
- And the list goes on and on.
If you get that “check in your spirit” – or if you're not 100% certain if what you're doing or not is kosher – don't move, it's not worth it! Seek God's heart on the matter, and act accordingly.
When you get down to it, the Bible is quite clear on how to stay away from unrighteous endeavors, which will preserve our precious name in the sight of God and man. In the end, we will be exponentially better off by taking the high (righteous) road than the low (corrupt) one.