Just because something is technically legal doesn’t mean that it’s spiritually appropriate. If I went around doing whatever I thought I could get by with, I’d be a slave to my whims. 1 Corinthians 6:12 (TM)
Many years ago I had the responsibility of operating a non-profit ministry for a believer who also had a for-profit private business. A wealthy business man came along and wanted my boss to do some work for him that, technically, fell under the umbrella of his for-profit business. My boss came to me with a large "donation" from this business man to the non-profit ministry I was charged with running.
"Deposit this," my boss said, "but keep it in a separate account. Whenever I perform a service for this business man I’ll take the funds out of that account. This way, I get the money for my services and he gets the tax deduction for making a donation."
I did what I was told, but it didn’t feel right. The money wasn’t for the ministry, it was for my boss. I felt like I was laundering money. I expressed my concerns to my boss and was promptly visited by one of the ministry’s board members, an accountant, who told me that what we were doing was completely legal and not to worry about it. It might be legal, I responded, but was it truly ethical? To quote today’s verse, it might be technically legal, but was it spiritually appropriate? I asked what would be the response if this financial arrangement became public? Would the everyday supporters and donors of the non-profit ministry agree that this was okay?
Within a few weeks I was fired. No worries. That was just fine with me. I’m glad I stood up for what I knew to be spiritually appropriate. I stood for the convictions God gave me. In fact, God had another road full of blessing just waiting for me to follow out of that experience, a path which I am still walking today.