These things could be money, status, degrees, an expensive house, or car. While these things may be essential to your livelihood, the process of acquiring these things should not compromise your character.
Our society has developed to the point where everyone has equal opportunities to achieve academic, career, and lifestyle success. The ability to access education, medical care, and employment in various areas is definitely a blessing.
Misleading Job Postings
The news has been inundated with stories about how corporate corruption has affected consumers. Recent and previous corporate corruption stories have also revealed how self-oriented many business leaders have been in acquiring wealth while keeping their high profile positions.
We’ve also heard about the long term effects that contaminated water has had on many citizens. The shocking revelation of how financial institution operational deception blindsided so many consumers is also hard to process mentally. However, the most appalling aspect of these situations has been the evasiveness and apathy that the culprits have displayed as citizens contend with the devastating results of their careless actions. Victims have to deal with health and financial problems they never thought they would encounter.
Instead of justice being served, the abused must eat the bread of treachery while the guilty go on with their lives counting the millions of dollars that they have swindled from those struggling to put food on their tables. They struggle to have their voices heard because some of the representatives who are supposed to defend their rights are the ones who lead them down the path of financial destruction.
Instead of doing as Proverbs 31:9 says … “Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor,” they continue on as if no wrong was committed. As long as their livelihood has not been affected, they do not care as stated in Proverbs 29:7 … “The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but the wicked regarded not to know it.”
Psalm 82: 3-5 states … “Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy. Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked. They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course.”
It’s sad that some people have lost focus of what their calling or position required of them when they first obtained their job. Besides performing a particular function or providing a service, we are all called to treat one another justly. Some people have used others to climb the corporate ladder, cheated others out of proceeds, and defamed others to make themselves look better.
The Kingdom of God is Hiring
The manifestation of corruption that exist in high places and in relationships among all societal classes is an indication that values have shifted. The message of go to school and get a good job has been driven in people’s minds so much that many have diverted from character development. As a result, you see people capitalizing off of the disadvantaged and taking no thought about how their victims will survive.
This decline in positive character traits is manifested not only in the increase of crime rates, but the coldness of hearts. Many people have grown cold about the relationships that have with their siblings, parents, spouses, children, and others by resorting to committing malicious deeds regardless of the traumatizing effects. Jesus said in Matthew 24:12 … “And because of iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.”
There are many job posting sites that announce who’s hiring, the positions, and requirements. Many of these positions offer full or part-time schedules, paid training, good benefits, and competitive pay. While these perks offer opportunities for people to upgrade their lifestyle, few offer training and development in the area of character building.
A Call for Ethical Commitment
During the hiring process, recruiters often assume that the candidates they hire will not only fulfill the requirements of a job with excellence, but they also assume that new hires will be great team members and customer representatives. However, the opposite is manifested when some employees become comfortable with exhibiting rude, condescending, and deceptive behaviors while expecting a paycheck.
Our country has a new president which has caused a lot of controversy. Despite varying opinions about who should be in office, the president’s role requires a significant amount of commitment that can’t be given up abruptly unless some action calls for his dismissal before the designated time. As I watched the new vice-president and president being sworn in, I listened carefully to the words they swore to protect the constitution and other duties related to their positions.
I also begin to think about how presidents are held to a higher standard and can’t live carelessly because of the amount of scrutiny imposed by those who may not be living up to many standards themselves. Presidents are expected to be polite, thoughtful, courteous, wise, considerate, patient, tolerant, understanding, remorseful, dutiful, resilient, merciful, accepting, and more regardless of how they’re treated.
Physicians are also held accountable to fulfill and meet a high ethical standard especially after taking the Hippocratic Oath which requires them to "Do No Harm." If this oath is violated, a medical malpractice lawsuit can be filed against a physician or healthcare system.
I begin to wonder how much better this world would be if each of us swore to be better people. Not so much in the sense of obeying government laws because most of us are committed to doing that anyway. But rather in the sense of committing ourselves to treat others better.
There seems to be a reduced standard for citizens in terms of how we are permitted to express ourselves regardless of how it affects other people. If people feels it’s okay to express road rage, they do it without caring about how their anger may negatively impact someone's life. If people feel like protesting, they feel it’s okay to destroy business properties, without taking into account the damage expenses or the length of time it will take a business owner to repair their infrastructure.
If people feel like they want what someone else has, they take it without considering how long a person had to work to acquire the item, or how long it will take to recover financially from the theft. If someone wants to tell someone off, the offender feels relieved and assumes the victim of their verbal abuse is okay because emotional scars can't be seen.
These days people are also not held accountable for rude, inconsiderate, selfish, obscene, and other degrading behavior. It’s interesting how offenders have a high sense of entitlement for respect, but their sense of regard is very low. Examples of this disregard is revealed in news reports which disclose how many crimes have occurred.
Change Starts with You
So often we tend to point the finger at someone else and find failure in their lives. However, we must reflect on how we can make difference. If we want society to change in terms of how we are treated, we must first assess our actions and reactions. The first change should be in the following areas:
• Business - how we meet obligations and compensate our business partners, clients, or customers (we should be fair in our dealings). (Leviticus 19:13, Proverbs 22:29, 26:19).
• Loyalty - if you want others to be loyal to you, ask yourself how loyal are you to others? (Proverbs 11:13, 18:24).
• Self-control - think before you act or speak. (Psalm 101:2)
• Speech - how we speak and answer one another. (Psalm 141:3, Proverbs 15:1).
• Trust - be transparent and keep your word (Proverbs 25:19).
These recommendations are just a few areas where we can begin to change our lives. It may not be easy to commit to all of the areas, but embracing at least one behavior modification method every day is a step in the right direction.
The following Kingdom of God positions are available. Read the scripture reference for the job description:
• Defenders (Isaiah 58:6, Proverbs 24:11-12, 31:8, Psalm 82:3)
• Faith Builders (Jude 1:20)
• Givers (Luke 6:38, I John 3:17)
• Healers (Matthew 10:8, Luke 10:9, Mark 16:18, James 5:14)
• Intercessors (James 5:16)
• Lovers (I Corinthians 13:4-8)
• Peacemakers (Matthew 5:9)
• Prayer Warriors (I Thessalonians 5:17)
• Servers (Isaiah 58:7-11)
• Waiters (Psalm 37:7)
• Witnesses (Mark 16:15, Acts 20:21)
• Stewards (I Corinthians 4:2).
The Bible says ... "And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you (Ephesians 4:32). I Peter 3:9 also challenges us when it states ... "Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.
What position will you take in 2017?
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