Greed Is Good

“Greed is good” was a line made famous in the 1987 movie Wall Street. In the 2010 sequel, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, the main character Gordon Gecko delivered another stirring line, “Someone reminded me I once said, Greed is good, now it seems it’s legal.” He was referring to the country’s politicians and major corporations who were doing back room deals to bring immense wealth to all involved.

In recent months our local newspaper reported a few examples of greed closer to home. A real estate agent confessed to stealing millions of dollars from the company’s trust fund; a bank teller was caught forging the signatures of pensioners and withdrawing their funds; Financial Advisors encouraged their clients to purchase high risk, high fee paying products, with many losing their hard earned money; and State Ministers on both sides of the political fence are being called before the corruption watchdog to answer serious allegations.

In Biblical times, the ‘Scribes’ were influential leaders of society, working in all levels of government. In the Gospel of Mark, one of them challenged Jesus by asking him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” Jesus answered with two statements, the second being, “Love your neighbour as yourself.”

These five simple words contain a great depth of ethical business advice. They suggest that we should treat our clients, customers, employees and staff as we treat ourselves. If we put that Kingdom Administration principal into action, we’ll see significant improvements across all areas of our business…and the profits will take care of themselves.

Tony Elshof
Tony Elshof
I’m a Wollongong boy, and absolutely love the coastal life. I’m married to Michelle, and we have two beautiful children, Joshua and Ariel. I believe the meaning of life can be summed up in 10 words, “Find God, discover His purpose for your life, follow it!”
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