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Running Head: PERSONAL WORLDVIEW AND BUSINESS ETHICS1Personal Worldview & Business Ethics PaperLiberty University BMAL 560
PERSONAL WORLDVIEW & BUSINESS ETHICS2STEP 1To what extent should personal religious beliefs impact our decisions about business ethicsPersonally, I believe that the way we use our personal religious beliefs is more important as opposed to the extent to which it is used for decision making in business ethics. As a Christian one should refer to their religious beliefs, at all times, in the fair and respectful treatment of a human being. God wants us to treat each other with love and dignity so it is a responsibility of a Christian to do so. This is not to say that a non-Christian, as a decent human being, should treat people any different than a Christian is supposed to. I think what many people fear is the dark side of religious beliefs especially its history of intolerance by those who replace God with religious doctrine and ritual (Fort, 1996, p. 465). As long as a person does not use their religious beliefs to favor one person over another or violate an organizational or government law, I do not see a negative impact.To what extent do your personal religious (or non-religious) beliefs about life impact your sense of business ethics and personal decision-making?Being active duty military for over 25 years,I would have to say that my personal religious beliefs coincide with my military values and ethics which is summarized in the acronym LDRSHIP. LDRSHIP stands for Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity and Personal Courage values expected of a well-rounded leader and found in the bible as well. Based on these values I would say, yes, my religious beliefs significantly impact my sense of business ethics and personal decision making. In John, 15:12 (ESV) it states that “this is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you,” an example of a responsibility and duty to God’s will towards the treatment of the business’s people and customers. I have found that my religious beliefs go a long way in doing the right thing. An
PERSONAL WORLDVIEW & BUSINESS ETHICS3example is applying selfless service to others as God wants, a comparison to customer service. All this being said, I do not impose my religious beliefs on people to the point that I am evangelizing, after all there are guidelines that separate church from state. Does it seem odd to connect every belief we have about life back to what we believe about God?As a practicing Catholic I recite the Nicene Creed every Sunday during mass which is ourprofession in the faith. The creed states “I believe in one God the father, the almighty, maker of heaven and Earth, of all things visible and invisible” which to me affirms that all things come from God so everything is connected to Him. So for all believing Christians I do not find it odd that every belief we have about life is connected to what we believe about God, as the creed explicitly states.