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,”
Corporate Chaplains of America