(01/11/2015) It Comes With the Job?

Posted: January 9, 2015 in Authority, Commitment, Covenants, Duty of Believers, LGBT, Respect, Service
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Commitments for Christians as secular workers, employment contracts, ethics, personal freedom, and service to divinity are topics, today.  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “SupaStar” (Level 3 with 1,435 points, a member since August 07, 2014) posted the following:


Is it typical of Christian employers to not only tell you what you can do while at work…?

…but, even what to THINK outside of work, at the threat of losing your job?


THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.  And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.  (Colossians 3:  16-17, KJV)


THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  In Not From The World? (12/26/2014); Religious Bosses? (07/08/2014); All Lying Forbidden? (03/04/2014); Wrong Not to Forgive? (03/05/2014); Freewill is Finite (06/30/2013); GOD Intervenes? (07/01/2013)


“SupaStar”, here are a few points all Christian believers must be aware of:

(1.)  When a person accepts any employment they enter into a legal contract that includes assumed and unspoken terms (e.g., to assist and encourage performance; cooperate with fellow employees, show courtesy and respect to potential clients and customers) as well as explicit terms (e.g., dress, hours, job description, salary).  In effect, the employee agrees to accept discipline, go, return, learn, sit, speak, be silent, stand, wear—whatever—in return for authority, pay, privilege, promotion, and reward.

(2.)  Certain decisions are supposed to be in place before you go looking for a job.  Behavioral requirements and commitments within the workplace are generally understood as a matter of ethics (moral standards and their effect upon conduct).  Conflicts of interest are discouraged.  Employees are agents, affiliates and representatives of their employer; and, are being paid to guard and promote the interests of their employer at all times.  Just as employees have duty and responsibility to maintain a peculiar atmosphere within the workplace that encourages completion of necessary tasks, and quality of a company’s product, employee home life and after-work conduct influences perceptions of their employer (we say, the reputation and brand name).

(3.)  Lacking knowledge of costs, losses and the impact upon their employer’s earnings; lacking professional maturity and perspective; or lacking the sense of responsibility for the livelihood of their fellow employees, many feel it is their personal freedom to use employer tools (e.g., computers, copy machines, printers) for entertainment and added income.  This violates the “spirit” of their contract to profit their firm; and, in effect, is pilfering, stealing, thievery.

(4.)  Among faith-based, government, and private employers, workers are expected to change in support of their employer.  They are to accept and express a “corporate identity” whereby they can be known and immediately recognized as agents of their employer.  Saying this another way, they are to add value, develop, improve, produce and progress.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  During the interview stages, and before they are hired, believers are expected to investigate prospective employers, carefully examine income and other benefits along with the fit between themselves and the firm they are negotiating with.  The believer must also consider how their commitment to the position will effect their lifestyle as well as their opportunities for further personal and spiritual growth.  Once a person has accepted a position, the Christian principles for commitment within the workplace are simple:  Do all as though you are working for GOD.  It is the duty of every believer to comfort, edify, and exhort their fellow believers (you might say, benefit, caution, encourage, remind, and warn.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

Washington, DC

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