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Kopi O . Kopi O license. “Can settle or not?” . “Can settle or not?” (a.k.a. “Close one eye”). This is how we do business here…. Lies, thefts and corruption. (Applying the 8 th & 9 th Commandment in the marketplace). August 26, 2012. . What is corruption?.

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Kopi O

Kopi O license

“Can settle or not?”

“Can settle or not?” (a.k.a. “Close one eye”)

This is how we do business here…

Lies, thefts and corruption.

(Applying the 8th & 9th Commandment in the marketplace).

August 26, 2012.

What is corruption?

“In practical terms, corruption is therefore an abuse of entrusted power for personal gains and benefits. It manifests itself in various forms of manipulation to favor a particular person, group of persons or company at the expense of other people. It comes in different shapes and sizes and is generic, pervading all manner and spheres of society.”

NECF statement, “Church and Corruption”- roundtable discussion with church leaders, 29/10/10.

“Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds those who see and twists the words of the righteous.”

Exodus 23v8

To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure, but even their minds and conscience are defiled. They profess to know God, but in works they deny Him, being abominable, disobedient, and disqualified for every good work.

1 Tim 1:15-16

Corruption means not loving your neighbor.

  • Giving and taking bribes has far larger negative consequences than the apparent positive favors you receive.

  • When we are involved in corruption we compartmentalize our working lives from our church lives.

“One of the things that have led to this failure is the level of corruption we now see. And many Christians are involved. Corruption in Nigeria is now measured in trillions of naira. So much has been stolen that only a meager are left for running of the police and intelligence services. So the consequence is that the terrorists have outgunned our security agents.”

Sam Nda Isaiah, Chairman, Editor in Chief, LEADERSHIP Newspaper Ltd, Kaduna, Nigeria.

Corruption blinds us to submission to authorities.

  • We are called to submit to every governing authority (Romans 13:1-9).

  • It is the corporate responsibility of every believer to uphold justice for our neighbor and ourselves.

    (Just because most people don’t follow the law does not mean we should do the same).

“Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds those who see and twists the words of the righteous.”

Exodus 23v8

Corruption destroys our role as salt and light of the world.

“If we are to be a holy people and have every aspect of our lives submitted to God the emphasis then shifts to the other six days of the week when we are called upon to demonstrate the kingdom’s power in often corrupt and idolatrous surroundings”.

Peter Tsukahira, My Father’s Business, pg 17.

“…corrupt politicians will not reform corrupt politics, greedy businessmen will not change unethical business norms, and immoral pornographers will not voluntarily stop offering their filth to the public. The people of God are the “salt and light” of the earth. There is no point in gathering on Sunday to complain about the sad state of our nation’s politics, our economy or our culture. If the church does not work to change the status quo, it should not expect change to take place.”

Peter Tsukahira, My Father’s Business, pg 18.

Our work is our worship to God.

  • We are to glorify God in everything we do (1Cor 10:31).

  • God is not glorified when your work offering is tainted with corruption.

“ Better a little with righteousness than much

gain with injustice.”

Proverbs 16v8

“ Better a poor man whose walk is blameless

than a rich man whose ways are perverse.”

Proverbs 28v6

Church is the “ekklesia”

  • We are a people “called out” for God’s sovereign purposes.

    But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

    1 Peter 2:9

Training to be salt and light in a culture of corruption.

We are called to be content and adaptable despite averse conditions.

Greed is the source of most corruption.

Then some soldiers asked him, “And what should we do?” He replied, “Don’t extort money and don’t accuse people falsely-becontent with your pay.”

Luke 3:14

I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of BEING CONTENT in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all things through him who gives me strength. Phil 4v11-13

Joseph: from favorite son to slave, to prisoner, to Prime Minister.

Adaptability and competency.

  • Joseph was put in charge of Potiphar’s household (Exodus 39:2-6).

  • Joseph was put in charge of the King’s prison (Exodus 39:22).

  • Joseph was put in charge of Egypt (Exodus 41:41-57).

Competency vs. Corruption.

The administrators and the satraps tried to find grounds for charges against Daniel in his conduct of government affairs, but they were unable to do so. They could find no corruption in him, because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent.

Daniel 6:4

Inefficiency and incompetence at work is as bad or worse than corruption .

“More people rob their employers by being slackers than by filching the petty cash.”

John Piper-How to glorify God at work- www.desiringGod.com 06/09/11

Aim to prosper for Godly gain, not personal gain.

When you are of value to your company, you can influence it’s culture of corruption.

Where we have opportunity, impact our Corporate culture and the ethos of the workplace to minimize corruption, and to encourage policies that reflect Kingdom values.

Leverage your influence.

  • Joseph was put in charge of Potiphar’s household (Genesis39:2-6).

  • Joseph was put in charge of the King’s prison (Genesis39:22).

  • Joseph was put in charge of Egypt (Genesis41:41-57).

  • God caused Joseph to prosper to save the Israelites from starvation.

“We conduct our business operations with integrity because we want to glorify God in and through business. It’s a value we hold dear right from the beginning.”

Dr Nehemiah Lee CheeHai, interview with Asian Beacon, 02-03 2009.

The cost of carrying the cross

“Because we do not believe in giving bribes, we have to work harder to ensure what we deliver has quality and is on time. When our clients want a cost-effective supplier, they will come to us.”

Dr. Nehemiah Lee CheeHai, interview with Asian Beacon, 02-03 2009.

Quest Planes

Bruce Kennedy

Deal shrewdly with the world.

“for the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light.”Luke 16: 8a

Deal shrewdly with the world.

Declare your Christian values early.

Position yourself to be away from corruption as much as possible.

Understand how your local business culture operates.

Are there conditions whereby it is o.k. to give a bribe?

(p.s.- the following is only a view).

Then some soldiers asked him, “And what should we do?” He replied, “Don’t extort money and don’t accuse people falsely-be content with your pay.”

Luke 3:14

Exodus 1:15-22

v18Then the King of Egypt summoned the midwives and asked them, “Why have you done this? Why have you let the boys live?”

v19The midwives answered Pharaoh, “Hebrew women are not like Egyptian women; they are vigorous and give birth before the midwives arrive.”

v20So God was kind to the midwives and the people increased and became even more numerous.v21 And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families of their own.

Joshua 2

V3So the King of Jericho sent this message to Rahab: “Bring out the men who came to you and entered your house, because they have come to spy over the whole land.”

V4 But the woman had taken the two men and hidden them. She said, “Yes, the men came to me, but I did not know where they had come from.v5 At dusk, when it was time to close the city gate, the men left. I don’t know which way they went. Go after them quickly. You may catch up with them.”

By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient.

Hebrews 11:31

In the same way was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction?

James 2:25

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;

in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

Proverbs 3:5-6

“Lembu” license

If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God who gives generously to all

without finding fault, and it will be given to him.

James 1:5

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