While pondering recently (which I seem to do regularly) I was contemplating Christian behavior in the workplace. Here are some incidents on my mind.
In early 2000’s after election as Chief Justice of Alabama, Roy Moore asserted his Christian beliefs – not for the first time – by championing replacement of a wooden plaque, hung in the Alabama Supreme Court building, with a granite block that weighs more than an adult rhinoceros, with the ten commandments chiseled into the face. A unilateral decision by a Christian judge concerning a public building. Even after a district court ruled that it must be removed Judge Roy insisted that it would not. The court fined the state of Alabama every day the monument remained. Finally, it was removed from the courthouse as was Judge Roy, a consequence of his defiance. Not ten years after his removal he was re-elected as Chief Justice of Alabama. Judge Roy defended his position by saying his responsibility was to God and not to man.
Some questions about Judge Roy’s attitude.
- Was Judge Moore violating God’s Word if the Ten Commandments were removed from a public place?
- What verse of scripture supports his stance?
A Christian brother, friend, and Pharmacist was forced to resign from his job because he refused to violate the Word of God. The controversy involved dispensing Plan B (morning after pills), which have a high probability of preventing most pregnancies if taken within 24 hours. A customer came to the pharmacy expecting her Plan B prescription to be filled. When she arrived at the pharmacy my friend told her that it was against his morals to provide her pills but that she could come back later when another pharmacist was on duty. My friend was asked to resign due to his stance.
- As a Christian in the workplace, should we inform our employers of our beliefs and how it will impact the duties of our job?
- Is it immoral to dispense the morning after pill, but moral to sell somebody a condom the day before?
- Is the morning after pill an abortion since there is no guarantee of a fertilized egg?
Kentucky court clerk, Kim Davis, refused to issue ANY marriage licenses after the Supreme Court voted that same-sex marriages are a federal right. Mrs. Davis, a devout Christian, said that it is her duty to obey God in this matter and was subsequently jailed for five days due to her beliefs.
- Is issuing a marriage license a civil act or a religious act?
- Should she have notified her manager that she would not be issuing the marriage licenses after the Supreme Court decision?
- Since she could not perform her duties, should she have resigned?
These are three incidents that made me think about Christian behavior in the workplace. What are our Christian responsibilities in the workplace?