Today I posted this Facebook status: “I gave somebody a chocolate bar; he put it in my freezer. I am now eating it. Is that wrong?” Eight comments later, I realized I’d either struck an ethics chord, or people are just really emphatic about their chocolate.
Either way, it made me think. Remember the game Scruples? When I was young, I loved that game; it was interesting to see people’s responses. But guess what? About 30 years ago, I quit playing it. Once the Bible became my standard for faith and conduct, I realized that game is stupid.
I no longer have the game of Scruples, but a question might go like this: “It is twenty years in the future. The government has banned the works of Shakespeare. The one remaining copy is trapped in a burning building. You can either save it or rescue a young woman trapped in an adjoining room. Which do you save?” …
DUH! There are so many things that are cut-and-dried to those who know God and His commands: Do not repay evil for evil; If your enemy is hungry, feed him; Be sincere; Sex is a gift to the married; Things people work for belong to them; The womb is not a gray area. Yes, even my chocolate bar dilemma is a no-brainer: I owe him a Hershey bar. Deal.
In all fairness, I thought I should include a few that might be debatable:
1) The vet says your dog needs a $3,000 operation. Do you pay? … What if it were your cat?
2) You work as a buyer, and you made a verbal agreement with a supplier. A competitor offers you a deal for 50% less. Do you take the deal?
3) A colleague is out of her office. You notice her paycheck stub on her desk. Do you glance at it?
5) I wrote this blog while my husband was shampooing the carpets. Is that wrong?