Subversive sharing: Why don’t we talk about our faith at work?

What are we afraid of?

The modern mantra is that the workplace should be “inclusive.” We have heard repeatedly that America’s “strength is its diversity.” However, in the rush to purge racism and prejudice from our world, faith, normal opinion and discourse are unwittingly muzzled.

Who would have guessed that religious discussion would one day be labeled hate speech?

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Surely our forefathers would have objected. They firmly believed in the power of the public square of discussion. The founders of our nation let public discourse run wild with the belief that truth would ultimately triumph over any kind of personal offense.

They gathered in homes, in taverns, in the courtyards, and in the workplace to discuss the news of the day, delving into the deep and philosophical with a balanced dose of the trite and whimsical. Nothing was off limits. Religion, sex and politics took up much time around the light of the lantern.

Today, since those subjects are off limits, we are left to banter about the weather and the latest reality TV show.

Christians are in a quandary. We know the divine imperative to live out our faith. We know that living out our faith involves talking about our faith. And we know something is not right about hiding who we are. Many of us try to walk the middle ground by dropping code words like “higher power” and “the man upstairs.” We display cozy spiritual things like rainbows and angels. But they fall short, because they don’t do a thing to help the human condition of those around us.

I struggle with the sneaky approach to talking about my faith.. It’s like wrapping a large dog pill in a piece of bacon just so he’ll gobble it down. That’s not the right approach.

Do you talk about your faith at work? Comment here.

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5 Responses to Subversive sharing: Why don’t we talk about our faith at work?

  1. David, we usually use ground beef at our house to hide the dog pills. When I watch the big Lab gulp it down, all she knows is there is the meat. She doesn't chew, doesn't savor, doesn't experience. She just swallows and looks for more of the hamburger.Your illustration is perfect. If we candy coat (or raw meat coat) the Gospel, it isn't the Gospel folks get. They gulp it down and have no idea what happened because they never got to what was inside. They just want more of what was on the outside. What a disservice we do not only to the Gospel but to our friends and colleagues. Thanks for your post.

  2. could be time to change jobs

  3. Oh, I pray to the Lord that I never try to high-step my way through talking about the gospel of Christ. We truly have to speak TRUTH and live out the life that GOd has ordained for us. Great post – Beth

  4. Wayne Brooks says:

    You can start by mentioning what went on at Church the Sunday before to get the conversation going. In our daily conversation we should be able to quote what our Pasters preach. If we can't, then something is either wrong with our daily conversation or what our Paster preaches. Or both.

  5. Even if I don't expressly TALK about my faith, I try to LIVE my faith wherever I go — not in a way that says "You should believe what I believe." But hopefully in a way that has someone asking: "I'd like to know what she believes." Somehow, we ought to look different from the world, even when we're part of it. But not just by slapping a Jesus fish on the back of the van, or wearing a Christian T-shirt, or having a Scripture calendar on our desk. Rather, I want them to see Jesus in the way my faith is lived out, how I love others, respond to conflict, deal with dishonest practices, and so on …Great post, as usual, my friend.

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