Ethics are the moral principles that guide the way a business person behaves. The same principles that determine an individual’s actions may also apply to business processes. Acting in an ethical way involves distinguishing between “right” and “wrong” and then making the “right” choice.
For the Christian business person, the choice between right and wrong is at the forefront of every decision, and is dictated primarily by a careful reading and prayerful acceptance of the teachings of Jesus Christ and of the interpretation of it offered by his apostles in their writings, most notably the apostle Paul.
It is important to clearly define to ourselves the principles of morality by which we choose to operate and their foundation, and which can help guide us in the process of making “right” choices.
Morality is intended as the “conformance to a recognized code, doctrine, or system of rules of what is right or wrong and to behave accordingly. No system of morality is accepted as universal, and the answers to the question ‘What is morality?’ differ sharply from place to place, group to group, and time to time. For some it means conscious and deliberate effort in guiding one’s conduct by reason based on fairness and religious beliefs. For others it is, in the words of the UK mathematician and philosopher Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947), ‘… what the majority then and there happen to like, and immorality is what they dislike'” (Source).
For the Christian business person, the morality code, doctrine or system of rules is in its largest part contained in the words of the Holy Bible, and most especially in the New Testament.