Christians must have integrity!
"Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ." - Colossians 3:23-24
Christians are called to shine their lights wherever they go - on the streets, in the home, but most of all at the workplace.
A lot of Christians proudly broadcast the fact that they are truly saved and sanctified using the opportunity to encourage their fellow co-workers to walk in their footsteps.
They refrain from engaging in conversations they deem unfit and will not use words that will 'defile' their lips, but are not as vigilant when it comes on to the 'little things'.
The workplace often proves to be the biggest challenge for many Christians as it is the place they are tempted the most, making it a daily task of being true to their faith.
Integrity must be maintained, self-control must be exercised, and for some, it often means telling a lie or two to get their employers out of sticky situations.
Deacon Mark Bryan of the Miracle Tabernacle Free Town Church of God of Prophecy in Clarendon weighs in on the issue.
Should be shining lights
He pointed out that wherever Christians go, they should be shining their lights.
Regarding workplace temptation, Bryan stressed that Christians should see their jobs as another avenue to serve the Lord.
"If they look at it in that light, they won't be tempted to take company property, such as office supplies for their personal use at home," he said.
"It is wrong! It's still called stealing. Once your supervisor or your boss did not give you permission to take it, then you robbed the company," he stressed.
More and more companies are now implementing codes for employees to make phone calls, as the system is constantly abused, forcing them to fork out money for huge phone bills.
The sad reality is that many of these perpetrators are Christians and for the deacon, this too is a no-no.
"Christians must stand guard against abusing the workplace facilities and while some will look on it as 'nothing', they should remember that they are representing 'the ultimate boss'.
According to the deacon, some Christians are vigilant in guarding against what he refers to as 'the big sins', but are less careful about the ones they perceive as being 'small blunders'.
"Christians must have integrity and part of that is not abusing the trust that has been placed in them."
Called on to lie
The issue gets "more sticky" when Christians are being called on to lie in order to keep their jobs.
Bosses from time to time will want their secretaries to cover for them and if that means lying, they expect it.
According to Bryan, a worker's first thought is on the security of his job if he fails to obey their boss. He points out that they should remember the Lord's Prayer.
"A part of it says 'give us this day our daily bread' that means God already has taken that into consideration and He will take care of you. If you stand in faith and obey God, He will work things out for you," he said, adding that your boss might even respect your faith more if you tell him you are uncomfortable about lying.
Bryan also pointed out that Christians should not be among those who turn up at work late and leave early. Some even arrive early, but waste a lot of time talking before finally settling down to do the job they are being paid to do.
"That's another aspect of stealing. You are robbing company time while expecting to be paid for hours, you never actually put in. Integrity must always be a child of God's motivating factor when it comes on to their work," he said.