When I was 15, I took my first family road trip to South Florida to visit family for Christmas. I had just gotten my driver’s permit and was excited to drive, but my family wouldn’t hear of it. During that time of year, they said, a lot of seniors from the North settled in Florida - and perhaps demonstrated certain "generational driving habits." In other words, some of these short-term Floridians would drive 70 miles-per-hour in the residential neighborhoods... but 30 on the highway.
I’m sure we’ve all hit the open road - only to be stymied by a slow driver in the fast lane. Unfortunately, in our Christian walk – and especially at work – that’s often how we "drive."
Sometimes, we are over the top with evangelism or too vocal about an ethical issue at work (which would be like going 70 in a 30). But more often than not, we are going 30 when we should be going 70. We are scared and shrink back from living out our faith the way God wants us to.
When it comes to living out your faith at work, are you the person going 30 in a 70 - hands situated at "10 and 2," scared to go any faster? If so, here are a few things you can do:
“Often company officials do not understand their employees' religious rights, and sometimes they wrongfully discipline them for activities that are entirely appropriate. Far too often, employers mistakenly treat religious speech like sexual harassment and create a "zero tolerance" policy for religion that is similar to policies for sexual harassment. Religious speech and sexual harassment are worlds apart, though. Religious speech enjoys both constitutional and statutory protections that have never been granted for sexual harassment.” - David C Gibbs Jr, President of The Christian Law Association, The Legal Implications of Witnessing at Work
It’s not easy living out your faith at work, and you will undoubtedly experience some push-back sometimes. But this is our commission, our purpose, our privilege. If we do it with wisdom, gentleness, and respect, we bring honor and glory to the One we serve, and we can change someone’s life forever.