Often, we use expressions or terms without having a clear understanding of their meaning or implications. A few years ago, I asked 50 individuals the meaning of ‘hope’. I received 50 different explanations. In recent days I have asked more than a dozen individuals for their definition of the term ‘corruption’. Again, I received a great variety of answers. The term is defined by the Webster dictionary as: ‘to bribe’, ‘to spoil’, ‘morally unsound’, ‘perverted’, ‘wicked’, ‘evil’. These are disturbing terms. Yet we have become immune to them because we hear almost daily in the media of scandals and financial scams involving government officials, businesses, and individuals. Our tendency is to say, ‘So what?’

Corruption in Christian organizations When we hear about corruption and scandals within Christian denominations, para-church organizations, or even local churches, we quickly look beyond the headlines for names we might recognize. Even then the effect on us tends to be minimal. Martin Allaby, a leading figure in the Micah Challenge initiative, writes: ‘It has been estimated that USD 50 billion per annum may be stolen from money that Christians give to churches, para-church organizations, and secular organizations around the world.’i We still accept this terrible situation as being wrong but consider it beyond our control. We do nothing and accept it.

Source: Do we care about corruption?