Business and the Sermon on the Mount

It was the spring of 1950 and I was in my senior year of college, majoring in business administration. My economics professor presented an unusual class assignment: write a paper on the interrelation of Christ Jesus’ “Sermon on the Mount” and the world of commercial business. 

Initially, most of us in the class were somewhat baffled. However, after some thoughtful contemplation, it became clear to me that honesty and a sincere compassion for others must be primary in one’s relationships in order to achieve true success and lasting satisfaction—in business or elsewhere. Christ Jesus perceived the need for positive character qualities in all relationships, at home or in the workplace, and his sermon provides a bedrock foundation for day-to-day interactions with others.

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