Forums Focus: A weekly blog to enlighten, encourage and equip Christian business leaders to lead in business using Biblical Business Principles.

Biblical Business Principle
Last week we focused on Working with Purpose – Employee Pay II. How do you deal with what are sometimes sharp contrasts between Biblical Business Principles and the world’s principles? (The contrast of the “can principle” is – “pay as much as you can” versus “get all you can, can all you get, spoil the rest to drive the price up”.) Are you paying as much as you can? If you are, how do you communicate it to employees?

This week we will focus on Working with Purpose – Safe Working Conditions. Today we have OSHA and other forces to assure we have safe working environments. What does the Bible say on this matter?

(Some of you don’t have employees; however we are all involved in workplaces, and can be an influence for safe conditions.)

“Every new house you build must have a barrier around the edge of its flat rooftop. That way you will not bring the guilt of bloodshed on your household if someone falls from the roof.” Deuteronomy 22:8 NLT So OSHA wasn’t the first to say we need barriers to keep people from falling! Do you have a safety program to prevent accidents, or do you wait until OSHA inspects?

Suppose someone digs or uncovers a well and fails to cover it, and then an ox or a donkey falls into it. The owner of the well must pay in full for the dead animal but then gets to keep it.” Exodus 21:33-34 NLT This passage makes it clear we are responsible for safety, and there is a liability for not taking actions to assure safety. Do you have a safety program to lessen your liability? Have you discussed this with your insurance agent? (Some insurance companies have a program to help their insured improve safety.)

If someone’s bull injures a neighbor’s bull and the injured bull dies, then the two owners must sell the live bull and divide the money between them. Each will also own half of the dead bull. But if the bull was known from past experience to gore, yet its owner failed to keep it under control, the money will not be divided. The owner of the living bull must pay in full for the dead bull but then gets to keep it. Exodus 21:35-36 NLT While this passage and the one above deals with bulls, none of us want people to get hurt. Does your safety program evaluate all workplace accidents to take necessary actions to prevent similar future accidents?

Show your fear of God by treating them well; never exercise your power over them in a ruthless way. Leviticus 25:43 This was God’s instruction for the people of Israel as they formed the nation. Does having a safety program show employees you care about them? Does it show you fear God? Fear of the LORD gives life, security, and protection from harm. Proverbs 19:23 NLT

Bit of Wisdom
You slave owners (employers) must be just and fair to your slaves (employees). Remember that you also have a Master (owner) — in heaven. Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart. Colossians 4: 1-2 NLT

Forums Ministry
Business By the Book Workshops are an excellent way to learn and review Biblical Business Principles. Have you hosted a Business by the Book Workshop at your company or church?

BBB Groups help graduates of Business By the Book Workshops and Seminars apply Biblical Business Principles.

Forums Groups help one-another resolve difficult business issues using Biblical Business Principles through prayer, counsel, support, and accountability in a confidential closed group environment.

Business Leadership Forums are periodic events where business leaders share how applying Biblical Business Principles has impacted their business.

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