“A person who gets ahead by oppressing the poor or showering gifts on the rich will end in poverty.” (Proverbs 22:16 NLT)
I don’t know too many people who don’t desire to have more money. Most of what we want and need requires moolah. The problem lies with those who put financial gain over all else, including morality.
There are some who will stop at nothing in order to achieve wealth, even if it means crushing someone under their heels to reach their goals. We’ve all seen cases where the rich get richer by taking advantage of the unsuspecting. Most of what we hear of are those who have been caught, but what about the smaller scale schemers that are slipping under the radar?
There are many ways that one can be guilty of dishonest gain. It is not exclusive to the big wigs who use their positions in finance to rob you blind.
- The used car dealer with in-house financing who jacks up the price of a sub par vehicle because he knows you’re desperate for transportation but your credit prevents you from getting a better deal.
- How about the electrician who claimed to rewire your entire house when in reality he only replaced that which you could see and charged you more than double for labor he didn’t complete?
- Ladies, have you ever been dupped by a mechanic who assumed since your were a woman you would take their word for it and have unnecessary work done?
- Then there is the small business owner who gives generous discounts to the “upper-class” while showing no mercy to the one who could use the break because the former has more clout than the latter.
“If you must choose, take a good name rather than great riches; for to be held in loving esteem is better than silver and gold.” (Proverbs 22:1 TLB)
If only everyone would embrace this message for truth. The good news is that most of the time, those who are unjust in business will eventually be found out. Living in a small town, I can attest to the power of word-of-mouth. Those who do right by their customers are far more likely to receive repeat business and referrals because they value their integrity over their wallets.