3. Intellectual Property Theft- Intellectual property is defined as a work or invention that is the result of creativity. To steal someone else’s effort or creativity without giving them credit is known as intellectual property theft.
Missions has no copyrights and for good reason. We want every creative idea to be available to everyone and to be utilized to its maximum potential everywhere. But when you get an idea from someone else give them full credit as an ethical standard. Why? Because honor is something that you can give out in unlimited quantities and the act of giving it multiplies it.
Here is North Africa we stand on the shoulders of 120 years of missions history. We also stand arm in arm with other gospel proclaiming missionaries and organizations. To somehow act as if we are doing this on our own is dishonest and damaging to the work.
2. Price Gouging- It is unethical to raise prices on a product far above what is necessary just because you can. Remember Martin Shkreli who raised the price on the life saving pill Daraprim from $13.50 to $750 just because it wasn’t illegal? Just because he could?
The second temptation that raises its head toward the middle of the finance raising effort is to claim that the set up cost or the monthly cost of living on the field is astronomically higher than what it really is.
At the end of the day you have to live with your conscience and your supporters need to have confidence in your judgement. For my part, I don’t want to meet everyone’s lowest standard of living or I would be living in a fixer-upper forever. At the same time I have to guard against the temptation to raise my living standards to a level higher than what is appropriate. This is a subjective standard that every man must seek God on and live according to what will best advance the gospel.