Some years ago I heard someone ask; you're a Christian brother and you've been unemployed for the last four years. Eventually you get a job, some might even call it a dream job, with a brewery. Your religion strongly preaches against alchohol and those are the tenets you live by. Would you turn down the job and keep searching or take the job?
I asked this question in the very early days of the blog but we were much fewer then, so there were very few responses. I've never quite figured out how one should act in this situation. I thought about it again a few days ago while talking with a blog reader. She was sharing with me the severe difficulties she faced some years ago as a result of unemployment. At some point someone offered to get her a job as a waitress in a club and she turned it down. Her faith and principles being the reason.
I found it very laudable but still the question nagged.
What do you do when you're torn between your religion and your (potential/possible/prospective) profession?
Here's another scenario. My friend *Adesuwa once nearly lost her job because she (with her boss and a few colleagues) was meant to join some of her company's clients for a relaxing evening out in town. This involved going for dinner and drinks at a restaurant, and then eventually a night club. You know how some companies love to wine and dine some of their clients... Adesuwa is a Christian who believes that Christians have no business being in certain gatherings, she therefore didn't show up. She knew what her actions might cause her but it didn't undeter her.
Thankfully she was only queried and allowed to keep her job. It was an issue of debate among my friends and I; was she simply being foolish and foolhardy or did she act as a good Christian would, after all the Bible asks that we be not unequally yoked?
What's your take on this? Would you take a job that goes against the tenets of your religion? Will you as a good Christian refuse to work in well paying (multinationals like Guinness or British American Tobacco) even if it means staying broke and unemployed? Would you shun the orders of your Superiors if you feel they go against your religious beliefs and dictates (of course if they're asking you to defraud or sleep with a client then you most definitely should not, unless you want to. These I think have more to do with good morals than religion/faith)?
What would you do if you find yourself in this situation.
And speaking of British American Tobacco, I have a very religious friend who works there. Does this make him less of a Christian?
Please share your thoughts.