If your boss instructs you to do something that goes against what God’s word says is right, what is your reaction? Is your first response to let your supervisor know you’re a Christian and aren’t going to participate?
Or are you fearful if you object, you could get fired, or passed over for promotions, or ostracized at work? Are you more afraid of losing your career, income, and benefits, than obeying God?
Psalm 56:11 encourages us to believe, “In God I trust and am not afraid. What can man do to me?”
Although Scripture urges us to submit to every human authority (1 Peter 2:13), it doesn’t include following an employer or other leader's direction to disobey God.
Like Peter declared, “We must obey God rather than human beings!” (Acts 5:29)
Also, consider how our response could possibly change a situation. James 5:20 urges to, “Remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.”
While taking courses at a secular university, my communication professor walked into the classroom announcing she was going to teach us to read tarot cards.
Immediately my hand went up telling her as a Christian, I couldn’t participate because the Bible instructs me to look to God for my future rather than fortune telling (Leviticus 19:26). Soon classmates began saying they were Christians, too, and also couldn’t participate.
In response, the instructor changed her plan, asking students instead to break into groups to discuss their faith.
Realize as a Christian, obeying God influences those around you.
Lynette Kittle is married with four daughters. She enjoys writing about faith, marriage, parenting, relationships, and life. Her writing has been published by Focus on the Family, Decision, Today’s Christian Woman, kirkcameron.com, Ungrind.org, StartMarriageRight.com, and more. She has an M.A. in Communications from Regent University and serves as associate producer for Soul Check TV.
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