the amount or value involved is way more substantial in nature. I therefore concur with you that the prevalence of bribery is mainly due to lack of strong biblical principles and foundation. According to Smith, K. (2010, vol. 31), “While gifts are often given as a gesture of goodwill, overly generous business gifts tend to put pressure on the recipient. Thus, not surprisingly, the line between sincere giving and bribery is becoming increasingly distorted.” The bible condemns the act of receiving and giving bribes as immoral and evil. “The king establishes the land by justice, but he who receives bribes overthrows it” Proverbs 29:4 (New International Version). Bribery is therefore a sign of a corrupt society, as we know the scripture also says in Proverbs 14:34 that “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin condemns any people”. We as children of God, must stay free of bribery and corruption.
References Cleveland, M., Favo, C. M., Frecka, T. J., & Owens, C. L. (2009). Trends in the international fight against bribery and corruption. Journal of Business Ethics, 90 (S2), 199-244. doi:10.1007/s10551-010-0383-7 Smith, K. (2010). The ethical dilemma of business gifts: Giving bribery? Accountancy SA, , 31. The Economist Intelligence Unit N.A., Incorporated. (2015). The anti-bribery business; corporate bribery. The Economist , 62-63.
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