I have been asked on occassion if it is possible for a person to be morally pure in one area of their life while at the same time being morally corrupt in another area of their life.
Let me state here and now that I think we all understand that there is not a single person who will be morally pure in the sense that they will be error free every single day of their life. However I do believe to be considered morally pure one can and must, each day, conciously decide to walk according to the will of their Creator.
Now back to the original concept of (basically) compartmentalizing one’s life. Let us just say that this person if faithful to their church in every way. They attend regularly, they tithe and give offerings. They volunteer their time for church functions, they may even go on oversees mission trips. For all intense and purposes everyone who sees this church person would say that this person is a solid Christian.
This same person at home is faithful to his wife, plays an active role in the raising of his children, his lawn and house are kept in good order. If you were to ask his neighbors about him they would confess that they could wish for no better neighbor.
In order to be faithful to his church in the tithe, the offering, volunteering his time and going on mission trips and too be a good neighbor doing all the things that involves this individual is employed as a Real Estate Agent. He is not the Broker in Charge but instead works for someone out of their office. Just for the purpose of this writing let us assume that the BiC is less than a person of integrity and has all of the agents working out of that specific office not out and out lie about some of their properties but maybe just omit some things. Not big things but things that may seem just small to mention to the perspective buyers. No matter how small these things are it would still cost the buyer of the home some money to fix/repair/modify or whatever the case. So as a matter of routine this morally pure person, in order to keep his job in this office has agreed to “go along to get along”. After all it is not like they lied about the home not having termites when it did or something big like that. Maybe it was just a ceiling fan and after all it would only cost the new home owners a couple of hundred dollars to get a new one installed. No big deal on the grand scheme. But this is not a one time occurrence this is a way he has chosen to do business.
He has justified his way of doing business because after all God has surely blessed him and look at all the work he does in his local church. He has for years been able to provide nicely for his family. Surely, he is not doing anything “that” wrong. After all he knows of other Real Estate Agents who do far worse than that.
So here’s the question. Is this individual morally pure? Is he good enough? Is it okay to compartimentalize you life for what is right and what is wrong?