How to Stand Firm in Your Faith in Your Workplace
written by regular contributor, JEN FAIR
All my life, I have worked in environments where I stood alone in my faith.
I have worked with people who were atheists, agonistic, and other believers from other religious backgrounds. It has been difficult and often challenging but I am thankful for the opportunity to work with people who may not believe in God or maybe they do not share the same views like myself.
I have learned how to stand firm in what I believe and how I can share the love of Jesus with others without pushing my beliefs onto them. The hardest part about working in a non-Christian/secular environment was that many people made fun of me for believing in a God that I could not see. Sometimes, it was hard to speak about what I believe because someone would love to argue with their opinions, share scientific facts, and share their own interpretation of what the Bible says.
Although, it was challenging and also remains challenging… I personally would rather work in a non-Christian/secular environment because I was never created to remain locked up in the four walls of the church. I was created to speak and live in truth outside of my comfort zone and the church walls.
“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” – Corinthians 15:58 (NIV version).
Here are some tips and reminders that we can hold onto when we are in our work environment:
- Know your beliefs and know them well.
- Stand firm in your beliefs.
- Your co-workers and customer are not your enemy regardless of what they think or believe.
- Pray for your co-workers and customers.
- Do not judge or condemn them.
“And you will be hated by all for my name's sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.” – Matthew 10:22
“But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,” – Matthew 5:44
As Christ followers, we will be mocked for what we believe.
The most important thing that we need to remember if we face persecution from our co-workers and customers is that God never promised that everyone would love us or support us (especially in our beliefs).
This is something that I had to learn quickly… you cannot hide your faith in God. It is impossible to have a private faith. Now, that does not mean that you have to tape a note on your forehead stating that you believe in Jesus Christ. However, I have learned that a true Christian cannot stay silent in what they believe because it will ooze out easily.
A true Christian will stand out and people will wonder what makes them different from the rest. Sometimes, a Christian does not have to state that they are a Christ follower because their actions speak louder than words.