Jesus is an excellent example of someone who maintained an ethical approach to decision-making despite the complexity of the world around him. In fact, it was the religious leaders, who were to serve as the moral compass for the Jewish people, that Jesus had conflicts with and openly opposed (Mt. 3:7, 19:3-4, Mk. 8:11). In the Sermon on the Mount (Mt. 5-7) Jesus taught how to make ethical decisions through the use of virtues, and then he spent the remainder of his life serving as an example of how to do it (Lawson, 2008, p. 29). Simply knowing Jesus’ teachings, or any other ethical guideline from scripture is not the same as adopting a set of Christian moral values, though (Rossouw, 1994, p. 562).
Does one have to be in relationship with Jesus in order to fully live out a biblical ethical lifestyle?
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Lawson, D. (2008). Transforming initiatives: leadership ethics from the Sermon on the Mount. The Journal of Applied Christian Leadership, 3(1), 28–45.