By Rick Boxx
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對於人們在工作場所談論個人信仰，你有何看法？ 你是否曾覺得某人談論他自己信仰的方式很明顯不恰當？ 你是否認為個人生活和專業行為與所聲稱的信仰一致是重要的？為什麼？ 對於作者的建議：「不要害怕講出你的價值觀，只要那是誠摯、真實的」，你有何看法？註：若你有聖經且想要看有關此主題的其他經文，請看：
SINCERE, AUTHENTIC BELIEFS IN THE WORKPLACE
By Rick Boxx
There is a controversy about individuals expressing their spiritual beliefs in the workplace. Some people believe any statements of faith in a professional setting are inappropriate, as if somewhere a document explicitly mandates a “separation of church and work.” Others would contend that verbalizing what a person believes is an inherent right, regardless of where they happen to be. Who is correct?
My friend, Preston Bowman, in a recent blog post discussed his views on the appropriateness of mixing business and religion. He offered some wise advice:
"If you are someone for whom God is a very real part of your life," Preston wrote, "do not hide it and do not force it. Speak freely and naturally about your life, your values, and your beliefs.” However, he also offered this warning: “Never use God or religious language to impress someone or get you further in business."
This perspective fits well with the approach the apostle Paul endorsed in the New Testament of the Bible when he wrote, "Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit. On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, like men sent from God" (2 Corinthians 2:17).
Have you ever encountered someone who attempted to use religion or spirituality as a marketing tool? Perhaps by including a religious saying or Bible passage on a business card or stationery to identify themselves to other “believers”? That is not to say we should ever be ashamed of sincerely held beliefs. But displaying them primarily as an attempt to increase business or attract clients amounts to, just as the apostle stated, “peddling the word of God for profit.”
In addition, there are times when it is acceptable to talk about faith matters – and times when it is not. Unless you have been hired as the company chaplain, your job description probably does not include preaching sermons or conducting lengthy spiritual dialogues during work hours. One of the best ways of communicating our faith effectively is by doing our job with excellence – and that means staying on task.
If someone asks a question about your faith during the course of the workday, you should “be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have” (1 Peter 3:15). But the exact moment the question is asked might not be the best time to respond. It might be better to arrange to discuss the subject over lunch, or during a work break, so no one can accuse you of not giving your best work to your organization at all times.
The other consideration is whether our actions are consistent with what we say. As someone once said, “If your walk does not equal your talk, the less you say the better.” We live in a world where it seems everyone has beliefs and opinions of all kinds. The only way to know that they sincerely believe what they say is whether their lives and words are in agreement. As Jesus said, “…let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).
So in response to the question of whether it is appropriate to express our beliefs in the workplace, my answer is: Don’t be afraid to speak up about your values, but only if they are sincere and authentic.
Copyright 2011, Integrity Resource Center, Inc. Adapted with permission from "Integrity Moments with Rick Boxx," a commentary on issues of integrity in the workplace from a Christian perspective. To learn more about Integrity Resource Center or to sign up for Rick”s daily Integrity Moments, visit www.integrityresource.org. His book, How to Prosper in Business Without Sacrificing Integrity, gives a biblical approach for doing business with integrity.
What are your views about people discussing their personal beliefs in the workplace? Have you ever been in a situation when you felt someone was talking about his or her faith or spiritual matters in a manner that was clearly inappropriate? Explain your answer. Do you think it is important for one”s personal and professional actions to be consistent what they claim to believe spiritually? Why or why not? How do you respond to Mr. Boxx”s suggestion, “Don’t be afraid to speak up about your values, but only if they are sincere and authentic”? NOTE: If you have a Bible and would like to read more about this subject, consider the following passages: Matthew 28:19-20; Galatians 6:9-10; Ephesians 6:19-20; Colossians 4:5-6; James 2:14-18