As you have noted, Covey’s (2014) ideas are closely related to the Christian worldview. According to him, principles are natural laws and cannot be broken. Therefore, when people think they are breaking these laws, they are breaking themselves against the laws (Covey, 2014). Christianity also has fundamental beliefs and natural laws that govern the religion. The Ten Commandments are an example of such laws since they layout the principles by which Christians should live. The author also says that principles are innate to man and self-evident. These principles are the foundation of society and are needed for harmonious living. It is inconceivable for society to praise deceit, unfairness, or degeneration. Similarly, the Bible teaches us that we can only live a peaceful life by being neighborly and considerate of others. Both teachings agree that it is impossible to have a well-running society without these principles.
Although Covey (2014) says that the principles he is referring to are not religious ideas, there is a similarity between his views and Christian teachings. Some of the examples of principles that he gives include fairness, integrity, and honesty (Covey, 2014). In the Bible, these are some of the fundamental qualities taught by Jesus. In Luke 16:10, the Bible says, “One who is faithful in little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in little is also dishonest in much.” This scripture, which highlights the need to be people of integrity, is similar to Covey’s writings (2014). There are a lot of parallels between his ideals and the Christian worldview. By having unwavering principles, Christians can set good examples for others as taught by Christ. As you have pointed out, we exemplify Christ through our ethics, character, actions, and standards.
Covey, S. R. (2014). The 7 habits of highly effective people: Powerful lessons in personal change. Simon & Schuster.