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I think Christians get a bad rap sometimes because there are many phases of being a Christian. There are baby Christians, those in between, and mature ones. We don’t all get to the same level spiritually at the same time so it’s important not to judge.
Having said that, it doesn’t mean we should just “overlook” things that Christians do that aren’t Godly. Saying spiritual things to your family is one thing but in the workplace, we have to be extra careful. Why? Because blatant preaching on your bosses time is frowned on.
We should always stand up for our Christian rights and for the word of God but there is a way to do it that doesn’t cause friction. Your Christian message will come across to your co-workers loud and clear just by your actions, or non-actions in some cases. Let’s talk about some of those things right now.
Problems Christians Face in The Workplace
And How To Keep Your Christian Values in Tact
Office gossip is one of the most common activities that goes on in the workplace. It’s usually never anything good and literally causes a great deal of tension. The bible says we are to build people up not tear them down. The person being talked about will hear about it, I can promise you that!
In Ephesians 4:29 the bible says this,
“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. “
It’s very evident that God does not like gossip or back-biting of any kind. So how do you handle gossip when it starts up? The answer is simple. Walk away! After a few times of doing this, your co-workers will see that you aren’t going to participate and don’t believe in it.
If you are not able to walk away then stop the conversation by saying something great about the person or changing the subject if possible.
Off-Color Jokes and Jesting
The bible is very clear about this kind of behavior as well. In Ephesians 5:4 it says this,
“Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.”
There is always one or two people at work who think it’s cute to tell dirty jokes and in most cases, everyone laughs and the person feels great because he or she is entertaining everyone. Well, it’s not great and you should not participate in listening or laughing. Again, simply walk away if possible.
If you have someone that does this constantly you can go to your boss and report them. You have a right to work at a place that is decent and comfortable for you. People will notice you don’t listen and will soon be more careful around you.
Jealousy Among Co-Workers
You may or may not have experience jealousy at the workplace and it makes for a very uncomfortable day if not taken care of. Many times people are jealous because they feel you are receiving favoritism of some kind or simply because you got a promotion and they didn’t.
While we can’t fix everything, God can do miracles. Pray over your job and your co-workers on a daily basis. It’s amazing how the atmosphere will change due to your persistent prayers over everyone.
God loves us all and your prayers and standing true to your values may be just the thing that draws them to Jesus!
How To Witness Without Getting Fired
Sometimes as Christians we get so excited about what we’ve learned we want to shout it to everyone we come in contact with, but God usually has an appointed time He wants us to use that information.
In the workplace, people usually get together for breaks or the lunch hour and that’s when you may have an opportunity to witness. First, let me say that you are already witnessed by not listening to the bad jokes or entering into gossip, but now you may also have an opportunity to share Jesus.
It’s not necessary to start pushing what you know about Jesus down people’s throats. All you have to do is open your ears and listen. The opportunity will arise. When it does be sure and listen to your prompting from the Holy Spirit.
Some people can’t handle too much at one time. They need to soak in what you’ve said and think more about it. These types of people will seek you out again for more information.
Everyone I have ever met likes to talk about themselves and what problems they are having. This is an open door for witnessing! Instead of agreeing with their plight, you can share how Jesus helped you in a situation that may be similar.
By sharing about you it takes the emphasis off them which makes them more comfortable. This kind of sharing Jesus is easy and natural. Just a normal conversation between co-workers that may very well lead them to Christ!
Remember…the example you set at work may be the only Jesus those people ever see! God Bless!