I was at my company’s main office a couple of weeks ago when I had a conversation about the following situation. One employee (a Christian) sent an offensive email regarding Muslims. HR sends a email to ALL employees stating the corporate email policy in regards to personal/harassing (religion/gender)/offensive emails.
A seperate/unrelated conversation occurs with the office manager and the system admin. A number of employees were receiving daily prayer/devotional emails and apparently spending a good deal of company time discussing these emails. The office manager requested that the email be blocked. The Christians in this group started calling the sys admin (whom I work with daily) and, from his perception, ask him why he “blocked Jesus,” telling him “the devil is everywhere.” All this group saw was the email from HR stating religious intolerant emails were inappropriate, then the next day their devotional emails were blocked. Now they were “praising Jesus” because they were being persecuted and talk about how this was sign of the end times.
O brother. In fairness the office manager should have gone to her people and instructed them to not stand around talking, they are more than free to discuss anything they wish on break/lunch-time, but they are paid to work. The perception of the non-Christians involved in this is: “what a bunch of weird-o’s”. I know the people on both sides. I know that the Christian group IS concerned about people’s salvation and knowing God. I know that the non-Christian group IS NOT trying to persecute Christians. In the end the Christians have established a barrier to the gospel (in my opinion). All the passages I can think of about not being conformed to worldliness don’t apply here. I don’t see how God is being honored by leaving some people shaking their heads and feeling justified in thinking the whole “church thing” is garbage.