All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.~2 Timothy 3:16-17
I’m normally not the type to get all preachy, but this week has left me feeling a little raw and determined not to let God down. For the sake of being politically correct, I probably shouldn’t discuss it here, but then, I never liked political correctness much. If you are my friend on Facebook, you may have seen the discussion that was going on about a week ago about my problems at work regarding a biblical quote that I had added to my e-mail signature. The long and short of it is that although it is not stated anywhere that I could find in policy, my employer has urged me to remove the quote from my e-mail or suffer the consequences which include discipline for insubordination up to and including termination. I share this with you only because you need to know. You, my wonderful readers, also need to know this: I fear that their next move, although I did remove the Bible quote (not without protest and great pain in my heart), is to look for any and every reason to get me out of their hair. Never mind that I have been a good employee, that I have brought alot to the table as an active member of the staff (even though I had to remind some people at a meeting the other day that I am, in fact part of the staff) and of my union, as a shoulder to cry on for countless students and staff, and that I rarely give the administration cause for concern. No, my blatant display of faith has painted a flaming red target on my back. And trust me, it is on the back.
So what do we do when we are challenged in this way? Ordinarily, most people would just shut up and do what they tell them to do. When threatened with job loss in today’s economy, it seems prudent just to push the whole God issue aside and do what makes sense here on earth. The problem with that lies in the phrase, “push God aside.” At what point would it be okay for God to “push us aside.” At what point would that even happen? It wouldn’t. It hasn’t. Even in the midst of all of the terrible things we do, He never leaves us. And so, I was faced with the dilemma. Friends even asked me, “Do you give up the job that puts food on your table to fight for your religious principles?” Well, yeah. Because it is my belief that the job doesn’t do anything that God isn’t always doing for me. The job doesn’t care about me. That has been obvious from the first.
The job concentrates on letting me know every day that I can be replaced if I don’t want to conform to ideas that I might not personally agree with, but shouldn’t be so touchy about because they aren’t part of a ten-point plan to be the greatest whatever of all time here on this fine planet. I believe in doing a great job at whatever it is that I do, but I have such a problem with doing a great job for an organization that doesn’t care about me as a person, as a spiritual being, as a child of God. I have a problem with doing a great job for an organization that treats my faith as a thorn in its side. I have a problem doing a great job at the expense of letting others know what kind of a person I am and what I believe in. You can do this without pushing your beliefs on others. The problem is that some people are so spiritually depleted that they see any show of faith as an affront to their disrespect of it. They see any show of caring, love, understanding, belief or hope as an insult to their lack of depth. And this makes sense, because we always fear that which we know little about. And no one wants to appear afraid. Especially those in positions of power.
I have news for them, whatever power we think we have here is an illusion. And while they may wield theirs at the helm of organizations such as this one, it won’t be worth much in the end. Especially if what they do condones keeping the truth of our existence out of the reach of our children. They only think they are taking God out of the equation, but what they are really doing is putting great distance between themselves and their own salvation. Those of us who believe are going to believe whether they allow it or not.
Have a blessed day, everyone! And please, remember me in your prayers. I have a feeling, I’m going to need all of the help I can get. 😉
“But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”~Jeremiah 17:7-8 (New International Version)