Who do you work for??? Jesus or the Devil????
So I just had a wonderful chat with a good friend of mine @Slim Badek about Christians working in a secular environment. This has always been a very difficult and dicey situation for me. I am a creative and we will all agree that the entertainment industry is one of the biggest and influential industries in the world. You think of the most popular people in the world and majority of them are in the entertainment industry ie movies, music, sports, fashion etc. We all can also agree that majority of these same peeps don't follow in the footsteps of our maker and savior Jesus Christ. Recently we all witness how Oprah (the richest and most influential female in US-stand to be corrected) proclaimed that Jesus is not the only way to be saved. And I sit back and ask myself, what justification could I possibly come up with to justify me working for her? Sad enough there are millions of 'Christians' working and making things happen for these secular people! I don't know what they tell themselves to make them believe what they doing is allowed or right in God's sight. Isn't it written in the Bible God spits out a lukewarm fellow? Would you consider this situation lukewarm? ie neither hot nor cold? How can you claim to be a Child of God and be working for the Devil? How can you serve two masters? You either love one and hate the other right? Could I hate my master and still come up with beautiful concepts for him to succeed in his business? But isn't that also a sin? Didn't the Bible also say in everything you do, do it wholeheartedly as if you were doing it to yourself??? NB. Pls don't take my verses literally. Am only paraphrasing.
Now with that being said, is it wrong then for Christians to work in a secular environment? DaTruth has a song called Price Tag which talks about how Christians are working for the enemy and thereby making it harder for Christians outside to win souls for the Kingdom. I think it's wrong to work in a secular environment BUT there are situations (I call it Mosesism) that calls for a Christian to be planted amongst such people in order for him/her to grow and learn the ways of these unbelievers so that when he/she is matured, he/she can GET out of such an environment and use what he/she learnt to benefit the ministry/Kingdom. Does this mean that all Christians working for secular companies are in a Mosesism situation? I think not. A Mosesism Christian is only there to learn and equip themselves with the necessary skills needed to be effective at their calling. On the contrary most Christians are in it just to make ends meet. These Christians are the ones am talking about! They claim to be Christians, goto church every sunday. Pay their tithe and offerings and from monday to friday work for the enemy. Equip the enemy with the tools needed to win more souls. Maybe they don't see it like that...but how else could they see it? You either hot or cold. Black or White. In or Out.
One of the reasons why Christians compromise is cause of wealth creation. Should I sit at home and keep doing freelance work or should I join this secular company, get paid big time and provide them with good work? Or should I work with this secular guy who pays very well to produce quality materials for him or should I work with fellow Christians who don't like to pay???? These are just some scenarios I believe creates the room for compromise. But should it? Should money make you compromise your faith? Should family responsibilities make you compromise your beliefs? Well I believe the answer is in what our hearts are! When you goto church these days...all you keep hearing is how to prosper and make more money! You rarely hear of Pastors preaching about DYING for Christ. With the mentality to create wealth in the heads of most of these 'Christians', is it strange then that they will compromise their faith when an opportunity to make massive wealth presents itself? What happened to putting God first? Putting Jesus before anything! If it's against His will, you don't do it!
But why is working in a secular environment wrong? Apart from the bible warning us not to be lukewarm, you have to consider what exactly you are doing. Working for a secular firm means your service is, directly or indirectly, contributing to the advancement of that company which means you are helping them reach out to more audience and in the end win more souls for the enemy.
Apart from that, your contribution to these secular companies means that you are, directly or indirectly, working against your so-called fellow Christians who are ministering to the same audience your company is targeting.
I guess I am dwelling too much on entertainment companies, but am sure you got the point. A christian shouldn't be found working in any company that promotes beliefs contrary to Christianity. But if you don't work there, then where should you work you ask...how about finding a neutral company ie one that provides services that don't contradict your beliefs or even start your own company??? Sounds extreme? Well wasn't Jesus extreme? Some Christians even work for people from other religious backgrounds! Smh!
Am praying that one day we will have believers who are willing to put Jesus first before anything else. Be it family, money, friends, work etc. Are you such a Christian???
Don't be lukewarm!
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