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Bribery and Corruption: Biblical Reflections and Case Studies for the Marketplace in Asia
Graceworks' latest publication, Bribery and Corruption: Biblical Reflections and Case Studies for the Marketplace in Asia is now available for ppurchase.
The external pressures faced by Christians in the marketplace in Asia are the same as those faced by Christians worldwide.
Few of us have sufficient inner spiritual strength and pastoral support to deal with the relentless power of sin as manifested in the corporate world. Increasingly, too, in a globalised economy, there is a need for Christians in the West to understand the ramifications of working in Asia.
This short book is one attempt to respond to the need to help Christians in Asia find a biblical response to the real pressures they face in the marketplace.
It takes seriously both the Scriptures and the context in which Asian Christians function. In order to provide a holistic look at the issues involved, Bribery and Corruption begins with a theological framework for grappling with real-time problems, continues with responses from various theologians on the framework presented, and concludes with actual case studies from the marketplace.
How positive! How refreshing! Let's not harp so much on corruption (especially those of others) and seek to work for justice and joy in people's lives instead.
Let's not worry about casuistic / legalistic exceptions to bribery and injustice, let's go out and do good instead.
These admonitions - plus very welcomed reflections on Yung's essay (especially David Gill's) - were, IMO, the best parts of the book.
And if by reading we're reminded of the importance of working towards the missional goals of God's kingdom then - despite the goal posts not being completely stationary! - it's more than a bargain.
At least on the non-black market.
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