Ethics & Christian Worldview
Apart from succeeding as an influential figure, Steve Forbes’ ethical positions on many controversial issues most often reflects Biblical principles. He believes that our economy should be a reflection of our values.
Forbes has stated that he is against abortion, believing that life begins at conception; if in a hypothetical situation, his minor daughter were pregnant, he would insist she carry the baby to full-term (OnTheIssues).
He also believes in a strong familial unit and when questioned about his position on marriage, he celebrates contractual, heterosexual marriage.
The education system, according to Forbes, must be equally available for all students from any class. Parents, regardless of their positions in society, should be given the opportunity to send their children to any school.
He also affirms the Second Amendment which allows the right to bear arms. However, he understands the risks and believes that there must be certain limits that must come with such a privilege. He also believes that laws which prevent illegal immigration should be enforced.
Pro-Life. Forbes says, “Today there is no doubt - medically, genetically - that individual human life begins at conception, and ends with natural death. The starting place for the discussion, then, is the recognition that abortion involves the violent ending of life - the first and foremost of our natural rights, the one that trumps all others. That is why abortions are a moral wrong and a national tragedy. As Lincoln said of slavery 140 years ago, abortion is and must be on the road to extinction.” (Source: www.forbes2000.com “Moral Compass” , May 21, 1999)
Psalm 139:13. David writes, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” As we can see, Forbes’ stance on abortion is in line with this Scripture verse. God is intricately involved in every conception.
Forbes is a proponent of making adoption easier for loving married parents. He recognizes that adoption can be a grueling process and needs to be reformed so that orphans can be taken care of. (Source: “A New Birth of Freedom,” p. 144 , Nov 9, 1999)
James 1:27- “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress…”
Forbes recognizes the nature of marriage and the sacracy of it: “[We should] reinforce the concept that marriage is a legally binding contract. Most Americans still marry in places of worship, acknowledging the sacred nature of the vows they make to one another. To them, of course, marriage is much more than a legal contract, but it is certainly not less than one.” (Source: “A New Birth of Freedom,” p. 144 , Nov 9, 1999)
Jesus speaks of this covenant based marriage in Matthew 19:6, “So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”
Steve Forbes' ethical views are reflected in Scripture
One can be successful even when it may seem counter-cultural
As a successful leader and board member of various organizations and companies, shows his dedication to leadership and ethical principles
Forbes Staff. (n.d.). Steve Forbes. Forbes. Retrieved from http://www.forbes.com/sites/steveforbes/#6c34b09e4a58
www.forbes2000.com “Moral Compass” , May 21, 1999
On the Issues. (n.d.). Retrieved February 13, 2017, from http://www.ontheissues.org/Steve_Forbes.htm
Steve Forbes. (n.d.a) Famous Entrepreneurs. Retrieved from http://www.famous-entrepreneurs.com/steve-forbes
Steve Forbes. (n.d.b) Freedomworks. Retrieved from http://www.freedomworks.org/about/board-of-directors/steve-forbes