They say there are two things you should never talk about at work: politics and religion. I am just guessing here, but I don’t think it’s because they are two fascinating subjects and productivity would go down as employees lost track of time joyfully discussing them.
As for politics, I think we should start talking about it more, and more importantly, listen to each other. But this is not a political blog, so I won’t get into that any further. But as for religion – as Christians – we should not only welcome conversations about our faith, but pursue them.
For many years I didn’t look for the chance to share my faith at work. I didn’t hide it. Everyone knew I was a Christian, even commented on it. but I didn’t actively look to engage in conversation about it. After all, doesn’t Peter in 1 Peter 3:15 tell us to always be prepared when someone asks? It doesn’t say to volunteer the information.
The Bible tells us that our lives should be a reflection of our faith; be the same person on Monday as we are on Sunday, and I figured if I did that, God would lead people to me that would ask. On occasions they did, and I would be happy to converse with them about my beliefs, but those times were few and far between.
I would be lying if I didn’t admit that the taboo nature of religious conversation didn’t have an effect on my approach to religious talk at work. Not only did I want to avoid getting reprimanded for doing it (not that I was ever threatened with consequences) but I also didn’t want to alienate people as the “pushy Christian”.
I would like to think that most Christians conduct themselves so that those around them would notice their relationship with God. The problem with stopping there is that we are supposed to be changing the world, and it is very hard to do that when you meekly sit in your corner and wait for someone to come up to you and say “Hey, you seem like a nice person. I want to put my faith in whatever it is you put yours in”. That’s not going to happen (First off, no one talks like that.). Sure, meekness is good, but we need to be bold for Christ.
Here is the thing – it doesn’t take much to insert faith into conversation these days. I have found a number of different times lately where just sharing my point of view on a subject has opened the door to talking about my faith. You don’t have to push it into the conversation, or be controversial (anymore than Jesus was anyway), or even blatantly try to steer the conversation in a certain way. If you look, and ask God for the opportunity to share your faith, you will find that the conversations happen naturally.
It’s time to stop thinking that the unsaved will come to us when they are ready if we just behave ourselves. It’s time to stop keeping Jesus to ourselves and worry that they may not like that we talk about Him. It’s time to share, with gentleness, respect and love, the reason for our hope with the people we see everyday and need Jesus is every way.