Cheap Decisions Kill
George, Sam and Daniel are still in the office. It's late.
“There aren’t many of you left,” said George. “What’s that expression again? If you can’t beat’em, join’em. Well, more like, if you won’t join ’em, never get promoted, or worse, be the next person who gets to carry out his box of stuff, and believe me Daniel, you don’t want to be the one person who has to carry a Bible in his box of shame. It’s bad press for your church.”
Sam half laughed. Sam is a frequent churchgoer like Daniel, but though he was always there physically, his mind wandered at the end of his fingertips, tantalized by the new app he just downloaded on his phone. “You know what our church should get, Daniel,” Sam said, “those tap to pay devices for tithes and offerings. I would give more tithes if they had those because I constantly forget to bring my checkbook. Imagine the amount of money they’re missing out on! Today is about convenience you know. The church has to be convenient too, and they still haven’t done anything about the built in USB chargers for each isle either.”
He turned back to his phone— the only device that can silence him.
“Speaking of inconvenience, you gotta do this for us Daniel. We are never going to close this deal if you don’t do it. This is the deal of a lifetime. This will get us all promoted; it’s not just your job on the line, it’s mine too.”
Daniel sat quietly in front of his computer. All he had to do was just slightly inflate the numbers in the financial reports, and they would easily close a deal. He could pay of his debt, send his two kids to a better college, and he could finally go to an exotic vacation and dip his foot into the warm ocean— "so long lake Ontario", he thought. But it was more than that. These days have been a tough time for the company. People would come in to work, press 15 on the elevator and ten minutes later go back into the same elevator only to press G for goner. If his team doesn’t produce results soon, they would have the next ticket to the elevator of unemployment. The quick fix to his problem was at the tip of his finger. The skewed numbers were already plugged in by George, and all Daniel had to do was click. He wondered how a simple click of his mouse could be as sinful as the triggering of a gun.
“Its a white lie Daniel, it ain’t murder” said George.
“What do you think, Sam?” asked Daniel.
“It won’t hurt anyone,” he replied.
Everyday we are confronted with decisions that challenge our values and faith— can we make the right decisions?
Ultimately these decisions are determined by the strength of our faith and values. In the story above, we have three characters confronted by the same decision but they each have different values. George doesn’t value honesty which allows him to make a quick decision about lying on the financial reports. Though Sam is a Christian, his value for honesty and integrity are overshadowed by materialistic desires. Daniel has a more profound sense of right and wrong because his values are rooted in the Word of God. The more we understand and dwell in God’s Word and presence, the more we can strengthen our values. Biblical heroes solidified their values through constant communion with God. Daniel, Shadrach, Meschach and Abednego prayed three times a day— an action that lead to a fiery furnace and a lion’s pit, and salvation. If only Samson focused less on his biceps and more on his communion with God, then maybe Delilah would have had no effect on him.
Imagine if you were in their position. Can you make the same decision? What are your values, and do you think about them when you make decisions?