Throughout the country, in cubicles and office buildings, Christians are slowly, and oh so subtly, being forced into hiding their faith out of fear of losing their jobs.
At Microsoft, as well in many other companies, employees are forbidden to say “Merry Christmas” to anyone. In a lot of cases, any person who does suffers severe consequences such as demotion or even job termination.
However, the companies allow employees to practice other religions freely in the workplace, permitting religious acts including songs, incense burning, and ceremonial foods with no discrimination at all.
It seems that, to some companies, Christianity is merely a political incorrectness only solved through silence.
Recently, the General Social Survey conducted a survey about discrimination in the workplace and asked about negative treatment employees had experienced. 36% of Christian participants said they felt gossiped about as opposed to 29% of non-Christians. 44% of Christians said they had been treated rudely as a result of their beliefs and opinions as opposed to 35% of non-Christians. And 50% of Christians said they’ve been lied to with 42% of non-Christians saying the same.
Perhaps the Christian community is just being paranoid or hyper-sensitive to regular workplace behavior. But it could also be that, in an effort to create a completely politically correct environment for all people, Christians lose some of their freedom.
The worst part is that many Christians accept these rules. They think, “Well, I guess that’s just how it is” and live with their restricted lifestyle. They grow complacent. They settle into the comfort of obedience to men and forget about their obedience to God. They try to restrict Him to Sunday mornings because that’s easier than standing up for their beliefs.
But God cannot be restricted. Anytime we try, all we do is restrict ourselves. It’s like trying to put God into a prison cell, except that we’re the ones standing inside when the door is closed.
So as some of you begin looking for jobs and heading out into the working world, you need to ask yourself one question: Are you willing to lose your career for the sake of the Gospel? Or is that too high a price?
Written by Peter McMurray