USE THE BIBLE FOR VALUES AND ATTITUDES
Why are we alarmed at the breaking down of values and attitudes within the society when we have rejected the book of codes, ethics, morals and values? Why waste more money on research to find out why our children behave the way they do? We have replaced the Bible with Harry Potter, X-rated cartoons and other forms of media that teach our children how to perform magic, engage in violence and tolerate ungodly behaviour. Media and marketing companies engage in borderline pornography just to advertise hair oil, food and drink.
The family, which is the first line of government, must get back in position and begin to train the children. There are codes of ethics and moral standards in the Bible that work for both Christians and non-Christians.
With the fight to remove the Bible from our society, with what do we replace it? Will it be the Quran, new age doctrines, the principles of Kabballah or Kundalini - what will it be?
Surprisingly, even media houses are afraid to quote the scriptures. They prefer to quote from philosophers of all kinds and doctrines of all kinds - monotheism, pantheism, astrology, gnosticism, universalism and spiritualism. All of these may lead to communism.
It is interesting and somewhat hypocritical that when officials are being sworn in, or when we are taking oaths in a court of law, the Bible is the book on which the hands are placed to make the vow that they are to honour. Do they realise that the oath made with the hand on the Bible means that it is a vow to uphold, not just the constitution, but also everything contained in the Bible. When people are afraid to uphold what is within the Book, it is the equivalent to perjury and treason, especially when they vow to 'tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help me God'.
Code of Ethics
There are scriptures that speak about the labour laws, severance pay, firing employees, rotation of workers, through Deuteronomy 15: 13-14; Deuteronomy 23: 25-26; Deuteronomy 24: 14-15; Leviticus 19: 13; Leviticus 25: 43; and I Kings 4: 27. The scriptures also teach us not to oppress employees and not to rob them in their salaries/pay (James 5).
The scriptures also tell us that foreigners are to be given jobs and the citizens are to be given the management of the labour force. The Bible is also clear on gender issues and human rights.
The scriptures speak to us on environmental issues, warning us not to cut down fruit trees, what to do with bodily waste, resting the land, dealing with toxic waste, having open spaces for beautification of the town. It also lays down the principles of the three Rs: recycle, reuse and reduce (Numbers 35: 1 and 6; Deuteronomy 20: 19; Deuteronomy 23: 13 and 15; Leviticus 25: 1 and 7; Psalm 104: 10 and 14).
The scriptures teach us about the law of gleaning, a mandate given by God for every business person and every farmer to set aside a part of their budget to help the poor (Leviticus 19: 9 and 10). Both rich and poor need each other. There are certain blessings the rich cannot receive until they help the poor, especially healing, divine revelations and new ideas!
Leviticus 19: 15 speaks to us about the fact that we are not to honour the mighty while we bring injustice to the poor.
Leviticus 19: 29 says: Do not prostitute your daughter, to cause her to be a harlot, lest the land fall into harlotry, and the land become full of wickedness.
Leviticus 19: 35-36; Exodus 23: 7; Proverbs 11: 1; and Zechariah 8: 16-17 speak of integrity in business. There should be no selling of old stock for new-stock prices, selling inferior products, 'marrying' items, false advertising and deceptive marketing strategies, lying press releases and falsifying financial statements.
Leviticus 20: 2 clearly tells us how not to treat our children.
So, the Bible clearly tells us that when morality breaks down within a nation, crime and violence, bad economy, poor values and attitudes and low moral standards will result. Joel 1 and 2 tell us the causes and solutions concerning the issues of the nation. The Bible even tells us about animal rights.
Application of the biblical principles can save us a great deal of the struggles we now endure.
n Steve Lyston is a biblical economics consultant and author of several books, including 'End Time Finance' and 'The New Millionaire'.