Dollars and Moral Sense: What Money Can't Buy
Perhaps that's the problem with identifying my students as consumers: It tempts me to value them not too much, but all too little. They purchase educational services, I deliver them as promised, and we go our separate ways. If, however, my students bear God's image, then this adds something incalculable to an otherwise contractual arrangement. And as a result, I owe them something long after they pay tuition and I claim my paycheck. You can't put a price tag on that sort of bond, but as Sandel well realizes, that doesn't mean it's cheap.
Todd C. Ream serves on the faculty of the John Wesley Honors College at Indiana Wesleyan University.
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Previous Christianity Today articles about money and business include:
You Don't Have to Quit to Find Life-Giving Work | Even if you don't like your job, you have a calling to serve God and others. (April 2, 2012)
Pastors Double-Dare the IRS | Observers suggest that punishing church endorsements will be unlikely. (December 12, 2011)
Black Friday, Cyber Monday, & the Christian Consumer | What a model for ethical consumption can look like. (November 28, 2011)
Religion and Inequality Go Hand-in-Hand | Why some countries are more religious than others—and why, assumptions to the contrary, the U.S. is not unusually religious. (September 16, 2011)