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Character of a Country

Prior to this post, this site (up until recently) often had politically neutral entries penned by the Monday Morning Business Ethicist [MMBE] regarding moral/ethical challenges in business and society.

However, today’s entry will explore the topic of leadership and character with two proponents instead of only yours truly. While the topic initially appears to be a narrow one specifically addressed to evangelical Christians, I believe the principles can easily broadly be applied to anyone interested in business, corporate ethos, CEO leadership, and/or character at large.

Dr. David Miller [DDM] is a family physician who is also the Idaho director of the American Academy of Medical Ethics. We share a slight conservative bent politically, but he leaned toward the incumbent in the last election while I tilted toward the challenger.

Please follow our conversation and feel free to add your personal feedback [having first perused the comment guidelines above], plus including whether you enjoy our dialectic and would like to see more conversation, not only on business ethics, but covering the burgeoning field of biomedical ethics. Dr. Miller and I both agree it is essential in our society to see examples of healthy disagreement and heavy discourse amid deep respect/admiration among disputants.

I begin the exchange verbatim from our Facebook conversation on a mutual friend’s timeline … starting off with a misunderstanding of “who the actual combatants are in question,” and “a compare/contrast of personal character and individual properties.”


MMBE: It seems that both sides share the same principle of desiring to glorify God.

However, one side prioritizes Godly character, while the other side prioritizes a Godly platform. We shouldn’t condemn each other for we all are brothers and sisters aiming at the same principle of pleasing the Lord.

DDM: I have to respectfully disagree my friend. To suggest that Joe Biden is more godly than Donald Trump is a stretch. To suggest Kamala Harris is more godly than Mike Pence is an absurdity.

Moreover, as a pro-life physician, I have been grateful that under President Trump I cannot be required to participate in or refer for abortion services. Under Biden/Harris there is a very real possibility that this will change. If Harris replaces Biden (remember Nancy Pelosi admitting she wasn’t referring to Trump when she talked about the 25th Ammendment?) then it’s almost assured.

MMBE: Apologies for my lack of clarity: I believe you and I do actually agree on these pro-life issues, in the character of, [qua] abortion.

The two sides to which I am referring are neither the Democratic and Republican parties nor their respective candidates, BUT the intra-warring factions of conservative Christianity — my directly addressing the discussion between the three persons in the timeline aboveon character.

Plus, even if we were comparing/contrasting godliness between the two candidates, wouldn’t we need to set forth and then prioritize specific criteria?

It would be like asking which candidate is physically healthier.

Would better health be based on a specific combination of factors such as lower blood pressure / lower cholesterol / low resting heartbeat / or higher cardiovascular frequency?

I contend for a more expansive, holistic, pro-life perspective (as argued by Mike Austin, a fellow Biola University Alumnus and current professor at Eastern Kentucky University), but I can understand why, as a family physician surrounded by patients actually going through these particular situations, you would be especially concerned about each candidate’s position regarding abortion services.

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