Read Proverbs 11:1
1 The Lord detests the use of dishonest scales,
but he delights in accurate weights. (NLT)
If we were to have a ‘highlight reel’ of our favourite or most inspiring bible texts, this one may not make our list. It seems to belong in a shop or chamber of commerce lecture series. But it is an important example of how the Bible has to do with everyday life. In this case, with everyday honesty.
God is not going to give us a whole lot of philosophical waffle about ethics and integrity. He gets down to the mundane details of everyday life where questions of ethics and integrity are worked out. Just as committing adultery or taking revenge or worshipping false gods is wrong, so too is dishonest commercial practice.
We may have within us a sort of hierarchy of sins. Some are worse than others. And indeed some have greater consequence than others. But dishonesty is wrong whether it involves deceitful adultery, large-scale fraud, or a bit of cheating when weighing out produce.
Those who claim to follow Jesus are meant to be examples of honest business practices. Sadly, some succumb to the ways of the world and manage to cheat and mislead just like everyone else. Though if they are clever enough, they may seek some justification for it.
How we conduct ourselves in the myriad duties and obligations of everyday life tells us a lot about how seriously we follow the One who embodies all truth.
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