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Ethical Decision Making: Doing the Right Thing

April 6, 2018

 

It would be nice if ethical problems and dilemmas were clear cut and black and white. When human interactants are involved however, There are grey areas that reflect the opaqueness of internal needs, values, emotions and motives that are contrasted with observable and measurable behaviors. When discussing ethics and ethical practices it is important to differentiate between the Ideal standards of ethical behaviors and the minimum standards operationalized in respective ethical codes and in some cases defined by law.

 

Incorporation of the Christian Worldview

 

Christians are benefited from having explicit moral instruction for the temporal and spiritual conduct of everyday life. Additionally, our creator in the form of the Triune God, in the aspect of the Comforter or the Indwelling Holy Spirit is continuously and eternally available as an intercessor in times of moral or ethical dilemma.

 

Jesus Christ, become man in flesh, in time, instructed us not to do what is hateful to others, encouraging in the context of free will to do what is pleasing and right to God. In this truth we have a timeless command that by following the moral compass, extant since man was created in God’s image we shall not fall short of righteousness and moral uprightness.

 

Finally, Christians know the reality of falling short and the reality of having a sinful nature which is redeemed by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for all time. So, we understand that forgiveness is always forthcoming when human will contradicts God’s will and rightness, we admit our sins and ask for forgiveness.

 

The same awareness of human fallibility is directly relational in understanding the need and integrative possibilities of extant ethical guidelines and the Christian Duty to “Do unto others…”Luke 6:31 (The Book - new living translation) . 

 

-Tom

 

 

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