Amputate Faith from the Workplace!(?)

CULTURAL CORRECTNESS:  “AMPUTATE FAITH FROM THE WORKPLACE”

     We appreciate your concern for meeting people’s deepest needs – especially in the workplace where they spend most of their waking hours. But not everyone feels this way. Consider these recent headlines:

“Christians should ‘leave their beliefs at home or get another job’”

“Why ‘admitting’ you are a Christian at work is so very hard”

“Christians feel pressure to be ‘silent about their faith’”

     These headlines begin to paint the real picture of tolerance (or the lack thereof) that we as Christians are facing in our society.  In fact, one business executive – a major corporation’s “diversity officer” — recently declared it inappropriate for companies to hire corporate chaplains, warning against groups “whose stated mission and agenda is to Christianize America.” CEOs, business owners, and even workers with personal Christian faith are being increasingly confronted by pressure to disown, or at least to mute, their faith.

“An aggressive form of secularism in workplaces and public bodies is seeking to sanitize workplaces of faith and forcing Christians to hide their beliefs.” – US government official

     What’s our response? Because this conflict runs directly through the environment where we serve day in and day out, we are certainly paying attention to these cultural storm clouds. But rather than being intimidated, paralyzed or silenced, we are responding prayerfully, lovingly and boldly, in order to “overcome evil with good.” We believe, as Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias has said:

“No one ought to be compelled to so amputate their belief that it is meaningless except in private…The faithful Christian cannot separate his life into sacred and secular, worship and work…” 

     We agree with him that, as Christians, we are called to do all things to the glory of God, including – perhaps especially – our work. The Bible tells us:

 “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve” (Colossians 3:23-24).

     By living faithfully and communicating the Gospel lovingly, we can indeed be instruments of at least some measure of transformation in our society.  But – to respond to the diversity officer’s fear — the ultimate “Christianization” of America” (and the world) will only happen on that Day when “at the name of Jesus every knee will bow…and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:10-11).

Between now and then, our charge — our mandate, our commission –is to “make disciples” (Matthew 28:19), which happens one person and one heart at a time.

      CCA is committed to caring for people through our presence, our professional chaplaincy practices, and our permission-based proclamation of the Good News in the workplace, which is filled with individuals who are hurting, afraid, lonely, bewildered and bound. We believe the value of this ministry trumps any cultural correctness.

    As our CCA mission statement affirms, “we build caring relationships with the hope of gaining permission to share the life-changing Good News of Jesus Christ in a non-threatening way.”  Implicit in that statement is the assumption that the persons with whom we build caring relationships will be people who very plainly do not yet embrace the faith we have in Him.  They will also be people whose lives reflect the symptoms and scars of their need for the soul-satisfying Bread of Life that only He provides.

     As we reach out to them in His Name, “caring in the workplace” will prove to be not just our watchword but our legacy – a legacy that does not shrink back even when threatened with amputation.

Will you help build this legacy? Then please let us know right now.

Yours for “caring in the workplace,”

 Preston Signature

Preston Parrish

CEO

Corporate Chaplains of America

6 thoughts on “Amputate Faith from the Workplace!(?)

  1. I’m blessed to work for a company in an environment where we do have chaplains in our workplace. Although I’m very involved with my local church, many are not and have needs from time to time. Thank GOD for Corporate Chaplains of America..prayers!

  2. My staff loaves to come to work when they believe the workplace creates the opportunity to share what Christ has done for them. They love to care about others and want others to have the “Peace”. This culture has created a successful business. We have to work to live, but our grater purpose also has to be fulfilled. We cannot possibly amputate our faith from our workplace.

  3. The command to “Go” and to love are absolutely interconnected. A soldier of the cross can never leave their faith “at home.” Thanks for writing this article and praise the Lord that the gospel and love of Christ is shared in workplaces all across America.

    1. My corporation was founded on the principles of moral and ethical values of in business. Morals and ethics are biblical standards and just about every company is using the Bible to prosper and create wealth. My focus is to increase human capital. As a King, priest and prophet of the marketplace we need to be committed to the mission and mandate of presenting love to the masses. Whether through the dignity of work or the stability of environmental justice in our culture. Faith is the foundation for all success, freedom and liberty for all who believe.

  4. If we give proper attention to Matthew 28:19-20, we will discover that the commandment is “as we go” which is the correct interpretation of the verses. No place is certain where we need to go or be to spread the gospel of Christ. there is a place and time for everything. I would not dare to visit a place different than where I worship and try to convince the worshipers of how they should worship. Realistically speaking, during sport time, we do not interfere with our husband’s friends with words about Jesus. This does not make us less Christians. When we are trying to rest or sleep, we do not want our family to make a lot of disturbing noises. If we are fighting in a battle at war, this is not the time to discuss Jesus if the bullets are flying. My point is we must use the moments God gives to us, not when it is convenient to witness to others. We must remember our mouths speaks words but our heart contain the meaning. Rejection was never a failure to Christ. Our faith is not based upon where we are, but rather what we believe. My attitude can sometimes speak louder than any words i can say. Read Matthew 7:6

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