What Should You Do If You are Persecuted for Your Faith in the Workplace

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Christians in America have largely lived free to exercise their faith without persecution...until now. 

 

In recent months we are hearing more and more stories of believers being persecuted for their faith in the workplace. 

 

For the first time we are hearing politicians threatening that churches and Christian schools will have their 501(c)(3) status removed if they teach what the Bible says about the gay lifestyle.

 

More and more Christians are being considered bigoted if they do not subscribe to the left-wing anti-faith agenda and even considered racist for holding a conservative viewpoint. Woke culture is creating a new level of silencing and discrimination against conservatives and those of faith. Big Tech has even fostered campaigns to discourage doing business with those who exercise a conservative or Biblical worldview. Christians who hold to their faith are often considered narrow minded.

What should a Christian do in the workplace if they feel their superiors are bringing pressure on them to conform to the world standards or persecuted for their faith?

First we need to acknowledge that the Bible says all believers will be persecuted for their faith at some time. America is moving further and further away from their spiritual roots and so an anti-Christ spirit is emerging in culture and the workplace.

What should you do if you are being targeted in your workplace for living your faith?

  1. Persecution is Normal- Realize that Jesus promised that every believer would be persecuted for following Him. Many people in the scriptures were persecuted for their faith and many even died for their faith. Consider Daniel, Nehemiah and Esther who faced death for living their faith. Many Christians living in Muslim nations have lost their life for their faith. Consider it a privilege to suffer for His name.
     
  2. Model Love - Jesus told his disciples that we are to love our enemies and forgive those who persecute us. In fact, Jesus went so far as to tell his disciples to bless their enemies. Jesus washed the feet of Judas.
     
  3. Be Wise in How You Represent Your Faith in the Workplace - Jesus told his disciples to be gentle as doves but wise as serpents. Avoid things that you can be criticized for sharing your faith while on the job. Reserve those times for before work, lunchtime, or after work times. Be a model worker by doing your work with excellence and allow God to give you problem-solving strategies for your employer. Make yourself valuable to your employer so that they see you as an important part of the team.
     
  4. Serve Others - Go the extra mile in serving your fellow employees and employer. Become known as a person who gives extravagantly to others. Pray for your associates and your employer. Embrace others with the love of Christ even when they don’t agree with you or you disagree with their lifestyle. Jesus was persecuted by the Pharisees for hanging out with sinners. Jesus responded by saying He came to save those who were lost and needed a Savior. 
     
  5. Realize It’s An Opportunity - Realize that when you are persecuted for your faith it’s an opportunity to grow in your own faith. Others will see your commitment to Christ and will often pursue you when they have a crisis in their life. Persecution can often become a trumpet call to bring others to your defense for a cause.

Here are just a few scriptures that describe how every believer will experience persecution if we choose to follow Christ.

  • Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:10.
     
  • That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:10.
     
  • In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.
     2 Timothy 3:12

     
  • If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. John 15:18
     
  • Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man. Luke 6:22

 

It’s also important to realize that every American is free to exercise their faith without discrimination. Know your legal rights. Sometimes this requires us to set boundaries in the workplace when we are being wrongfully persecuted for our faith. Here is a free download of a digital brochure created by Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) to help you understand your legal rights to exercise your religious speech.

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Os Hillman is president of Marketplace Leaders and author of 21 books, including Today God is First devotional and his newest release, 31 Decrees of Blessing for Your Life

 

 

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