9. Why the West is the Least Corrupt
If global corruption is the norm, why have some cultures found a way to escape the curse of corruption?
Why are countries founded on a protestant tradition the least corrupt in the world. It is because of the Bible’s impact on morality. Corruption is a like tax on sin.
Vishal tells the story of a milk business based on the honor system. How could Holland have the morality needed to do this? Until this generation every generation of Dutch school children went through the Heidleburg Catechism in public schools. This created a deposit of spiritual capital in Dutch culture. For Example:
Heidleburg Catechism Questions 110 and 111
Q. What does God forbid
in the eighth commandment?
A. God forbids not only outright theft and robbery 1. but also such wicked schemes and devices as false weights and measures, deceptive merchandising,
counterfeit money, and usury; 2. we must not defraud our neighbour in any way,
whether by force or by show of right. 3. In addition God forbids all greed 4. and all abuse or squandering of his gifts.
1.Ex 22:1; 1 Cor 5:9, 10; 6:9, 10.
2.Deut 25:13-16; Ps 15:5; Prov 11:1; 12:22; Ezek 45:9-12; Lk 6:35.
3.Mic 6:9-11; Lk 3:14; Jas 5:1-6.
4.Lk 12:15; Eph 5:5.
5.Prov 21:20; 23:20, 21; Lk 16:10-13.
Q. What does God require of you
in this commandment?
A. I must promote my neighbor’s good wherever I can and may, deal with him as I would like others to deal with me, and work faithfully so that I may be able to give to those in need. 1
1.Is 58:5-10; Mt 7:12; Gal 6:9, 10; Eph 4:28.
Morality based in a renewed mind is the only way to combat corruption.
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