I am absolutely so inspired when i cross paths with workers who are truly living the Christian life in the workplace. Those who have followed Worker Ministries throughout the years should not be surprised because of who we are. We are a Christian based organization that is dedicated to helping individuals find the calling God has for them, finding the job position that fits that calling, and then becoming a soldier of the cross.
And, exactly what is that?
Be ye doers of the Wod and not hearers only. (James 1:22) It is one who sets the example of being a true follower of Jesus Christ and what better place to do that than at work where most of us live over one third of our lifetime. I realize how easy it is to place these words into a monthly newsletter because, in such a sinful age as this, living the Christian life anywhere becomes more difficult each day.
Ridicule has always been a fact of life. However, the intensity and the frequency has never been greater than what we Christians face today whether at work or elsewhere.
In the neighborhood in which I live, there exists a kind of email network which enables any resident to send a message which all neighbors can receive at the same time. Just a few years ago, someone emailed a message concerning some kind of ungodly situation that had occurred in another area. I responded in stating this is further evidence that we are truly living in the last days.......no preaching....just a one sentence statement of fact. The individual who controls the email network immediately sent me a message stating that what I had said was not appropriate and was an insult to the other neighbors and their faith and if I did this again, I would be barred from participating in the network.
Oh....how they love to refer to faith but I ask, faith in what? Faith in whom? After all there are many, today, who place their faith in Mohammed and in idols.
But, I must remember that this is the same kind of ridicule which Christ had to confront during His earthly ministry.
Jesus has a quality which was a major ingredient to his own perseverance. It is a characteristic that is missing among so many in the Christian community. It is called….
C O U R A G E!
Thank God there are still many Bible believing Christians who do go beyond the ritual of singing Onward Christian Soldiers in their church. These are the soldiers. These are the ones who never throw in the towel and walk away from a God given opportunity to represent Christ. Yes, they always carry with them the badge of courage!
For quite sometime my thoughts and prayers have been with Joe Kennedy, a former high school football coach from the state of Washington. His Christian life became amplified after he refused to stop leading prayers with players on the field after games AND after being told he could also not pray alone on the field. As a result, he was fired.
The kind of reaction to Coach Kennedy’s Christian life has become the norm in a country that has quickly graduated from being a Christian nation into a heathen one.
But, he had the courage to take his case to court at which time he and his family would face a long road ahead taking a heavy toll on their lives because of ridicule and criticism that might feel unbearable at times.
He eventually appealed to the Supreme Court a lower court's ruling that rejected his claims that the local public school district's decision to suspend him violated his religious exercise and free speech rights under the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment.
At issue was whether, as a public employee, Coach Kennedy's prayers and Christian-infused speeches alongside players amounted to governmental speech, which can be regulated under Supreme Court precedents, or a private act separate from his official duties, which the First Amendment would protect.
Now, before I can finish writing this newsletter, I have just been informed that the Supreme Court has ruled in his favor.
T O U C H D O W N!
Yes, God does often reward the faithful even before they receive their eternal reward in Heaven!
Praise the Lord and may we all pray that God will bless the justices who made this critical decision on his behalf. The truth is that Jesus has never placed any restrictions on our prayers. We can pray anywhere and at anytime! And although, in the 1960's, the court ruled against prayer in the public schools, our childrfen need to be reminded they can still pray whether in the school library or in the restroom!
I am still haunted by what was shared with me by a waitress in a local restaurant several years ago. She was wearing a large silver cross on her blouse. I said, “I love your cross.” Suddenly, a sad expression came over her face. She said, “Thank you but, after today, I have been told not to wear it to work. My boss told me that it could offend customers”. Yet, to her knowledge, no customer had ever been offended.
Now, let us make this kind of case even more difficult. How about the worker who is told by the boss to commit an act that is wrong….perhaps illegal. The employee is a single parent trying to raise a child and also has a monthly house payment. Oh, how difficult it is to turn away from such an order when you are between a rock and a hard place. But. praise God for the one who will say NO!
I would hope that the example set by Joe Kennedy would be an encouragement to thousands to stand up for Jesus and not remain silent.
As we approach anoother birthday of our country......that this nation, founded on Christian principles, will come back to God. And, may we pray for all Christian workers that God will give them the strength and the courage to persevere as they show others they, too, are the real thing! After all.........
If it looks like a duck and walks like a duck......
it is a duck!
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