Attention devout Catholic or Protestant working folks out there:
If you work in a secular (meaning: non-church or religious) environment, how do you remain true to your religious convictions while complying with the political correctness expected in the workplace? This is a sincere question, and I would appreciate your insight.
In my new role, I am not supposed to discuss God, religion, or anything of that nature, yet I must listen to people talk about birth control, fornication, tubal ligation, tales of drug and alcohol abuse violence, and stints in the clink because it’s part of their “journey,” and is supposed to help me get a better understanding of where they’ve been and how they can acquire gainful employment to better their lives and those of their children.
Now, please, don’t get me wrong – I am not about to start throwing stones at anyone. I know that, given just slightly different circumstances and choices at various points in my life, I could be right there with them. I have some logs in my past, and I am not about to condemn anyone for some splinters.
Maybe this is an absolutely tremendous opportunity for me to exercise Christ-like patience, compassion, kindness, restraint, and unconditional love with my brothers and sisters in Christ. I’m just wondering – how to evangelize without overtly evangelizing? I’m thinking about St. Francis of Assisi and his exhortation to preach the Gospel always, and when necessary, to use words.
What say you?