Religion and the Workplace

She shocked me. “Religion,” she haughtily announced, “has NO PLACE in the workplace.”

Of course, these are the words of someone who doesn’t really understand how religion works. Or ought to. Either way, though, she was clearly offended.

Just a few weeks earlier, she had cooed, “I have never had a group of people work so hard for me.” My friend said, “That’s because she’s never had a bunch of Christians work for her before.”

The problem arose when one of these “Christians” decided that the boss’ life needed fixing (true) and that she was the one to do it (not true, seeing as how this woman was not and never had been the Holy Spirit). With a vengeance, the woman proceeded to abusively make herself so obnoxious that she not only got herself fired, she got her whole group permanently debarred with her. It was not pretty.

Soon after that, the boss revealed what happened, and poured forth her thoughts on religion and its place at work.

Being shocked (and deeply worried about the boss’ eternal prospects), all I could do was silently pray, while moving back and wondering what she could possibly be thinking.

If I could have said something appropriate at the appropriate time, it would have been something along these lines: “What you experienced was NOT religion in the workplace. What happened to you was ABUSIVE, HYPER CONTROL spewed out on you by a woman whose own life is clearly out of control. Not being able to control herself or her own life, she painted a target on you. That wasn’t religion. Instead, it was a very good example of a properly-medicated woman going off her medication, and making everyone around her pay for it.

“BUT THAT WAS NOT RELIGION. IT MAY HAVE MASKED ITSELF AS A RELIGIOUS OUTBURST. BUT IT WAS NOT RELIGION.

“True religion is not usually loud, but instead leads by quiet example, and as such it ought to be welcome everywhere. True religion ought to continually conform the convert into the image and character of Jesus, making him into a soul that everyone around him can enjoy and trust.

“If my religion doesn’t make me show up on time, give a good day’s work for our agreed-upon wage, keep me from stealing your inventory, or slamming you on Facebook; if what I call religion doesn’t keep me from sharing your trade secrets with your competition, what good is it?

“Furthermore, if the thing I practice and call religion doesn’t start changing me into a better person, one who is both more devoted to God and more useful to mankind, then what I am practicing is not religion: it is a fancy-dress weekly playdate with like-minded hypocrites, and can’t be counted on to get me into heaven at the end of my life’s evaluation.”

Oh, how I wish church people could see the difference!

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11 Responses to Religion and the Workplace

  1. Desiray says:

    Religious folks will always make a scene. They are just like the Phariaises and Sadduceess.
    They were around when Jesus walked the earth and their still here now. Remember the story of how Jesus gave them the seven WOES?

  2. GwennonR says:

    : )

    Keep up your writings. I surely do enjoy reading them and get a lot of good encouragement from your blog.

  3. loshame says:

    I like that ☺

  4. I am assuming that you live in America. Americans do not have to check their religion at the door when they enter the workplace. It is one of the wonderful things that the freedom of religion affords us. You do not have to refrain from expressing or speaking about your faith just because you are at work. On saying that religious people have no right to in fringe on others rights in order to “save” them. They also cannot attack people of other faiths for their beliefs. Whenever people do these things it gives religion in general a bad name.

    • gwennonr says:

      Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. I apologize for not responding in a timely manner. I scheduled a full stop on my computer until my family adjusted to a new school schedule. The full stop was spontaneous, and all my ideas about notifying my audience kept evaporating as trips to the library kept deleting themselves from our busy lives. Sigh!

      I understand what you are saying, and I agree. However, in a situation in which the boss is rabidly anti-religious, employee rights often go flying right out the window. I feel that a sentence here, or a hint there is often enough to spark interest in a conversation outside the workplace, which the employees can then engage in at length. But once someone at the top becomes offended, even that little freedom is lost. And may stay lost until church people learn how to present God’s message in a gracious way.

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