Work and Faith

I have a job where I am not supposed to talk about faith and God. I have to be careful as not to violate the rights of people whom I work with and the general public. It’s that separate church and state thing. How do you show the world you are a Christian without violating man-made rules of behavior?

I do my utmost to be a sincere in the way I talk to people; yet, I do not compromise my faith by saying things that are contrary to what I believe. I am as honest as I can be without saying something I shouldn’t. If the person I am talking to whether it is a member of the public, a coworker or  an employee, says something about God first, then all bets are off. They opened the door and I say what comes to mind. If the person is asking for advice I tread ever so carefully around it but some how they know what motivates my words. I think that my faith is obvious most days by my actions but when my day is going badly, or I am under significant amount of stress,  I slip and people see me and not God.

It’s hard to know when to be open about your faith. I have seen both ends of the spectrum when it comes to sharing faith. Some people are way open with their love for God. I envy these type of Christians. They have no problem saying what they think about God. They have no fear of repercussion from employers, family, or friends. On the other hand I know people who will not say a thing and go along with what ever the situation offers. That to me is worse than the others who sometimes say things out of line. Being a Christian means we are to be God’s witnesses in this world for Jesus in every situstion.

 The Greek word for witness is the word marturion. From this word, we get the word “martyr.” Jesus did not say spread my Gospel but not at work. He did not say let your light shine but not if the man-made rules say don’t talk about religion or God.

 Jesus said, in Matthew 28:19  “Go to the people of all nations and make them my disciples. Baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,  20 and teach them to do everything I have told you. I will be with you always, even until the end of the world.  He said it again in Mark 16:15 “Go and preach the good news to everyone in the world.”

“Everyone in the world”, that’s you and me. We are to be taught about Jesus by others and we are to teach others about Jesus. Simple as that.  Do you think when Jesus said this He was only talking to the people present? He was telling them go make disciples of them and teach them to make disciples too. That is why we share the gospel, it is our profession as Christians. We are to be Light Bringers, Gospel Speakers, and Jesus Talkers.

We are not to worry about what other might do to us or say. Jesus goes on to tell us in Luke 9:23 “to all the people: If any of you want to be my followers, you must forget about yourself. You must take up your cross each day and follow me.” He didn’t say, follow me when you can, or only when your allowed. No he said we must take what comes no matter what and follow Him. Being a Christian is taking the chance of being nailed up like Jesus to all kinds of figurative crosses. Even those  from people who say we should not talk about Religion and Jesus Christ at work.

So, be smart about what you say and how you say it. Choose your words carefully and deliberately. Be that light at work. You may be the only light of Jesus that people you work with will ever see. Let them see that being a Christian makes you a better person to work with. It is not an easy thing to do , but it is what we must do, Jesus said so.

Flourish By Catherine Hart Webber, PHD

Flourish is a book for boosting self esteem in the light of what God wants us all to be, productive, giving, other serving Christians. I did find some of the approaches and ideas came across clinical and dull. I have read better books for living the Christian life, but none offers quite the same perspective as a Christian therapist can. Overall Flourish seems to be a helpful book for those struggling to grow in their Christian experience. This book is more of a workbook than a reading book. The prayers are directly related to the chapter and are based on scripture; however, not enough scripture back up for the princples presented.