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Faith and the Workplace

February 14, 2008

The debate rages on. Today in the United States, the First Amendment of the Constitution supposes to protect each citizen’s right to the free exercise of his or her religion or by extension, a lack of one. Many U.S. citizens are confronted with the difficult choice of either faith or livelihood. For the seventh year running, the likes of the ACLU and anti-religious leagues have successfully put legislation down and every year the legislation is resurrected. The Workplace Religious Freedom Act has been sustained by the support of a broad coalition of religious groups including, but not limited to: American Jewish Committee, Baptist Joint Committee, Christian Legal Society, Family Research Council, General Conference of Seventh Day Adventists, National Association of Evangelicals, National Council of Churches and the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America. People have joined forces tirelessly in petitioning their representatives. They perceive the legislation as the right thing: a culmination of the old battle between employer and employee. The news is so old that the press hesitates to cover it.

As a man of conviction, I am in favor doing the right thing. Regardless of what you believe, you have to be willing to stand for you believe in or give that belief up. The United States has become weak and aimless, subdued by years of compromise of even the most basic reasonable principles. The compromise of the many has taken a toll on most. However, men and women of faith cannot live their life in compromise. The stand for principles of right must be taken and owned. The workplace of greater business good is always happy to be the beneficiary of lack of faith because it seeks itself. The voice of oppression seeks to place its thumb on the shoulders of your truth. Anyone that thinks otherwise will simply cave in to the demands of popularity. If you find yourself in a negative position with your employer, you must be willing to walk out the door without letting the door bump you as you leave. Trusting in the fact that your God will supply your every need is what faith is all about. You have faith or you don’t. If you are a man or woman of faith, perhaps now is your time. Perhaps you need to do what the government loathes and work for yourself. Build your own empire based on the principles that you hold dear. That usually means trusting against all odds. Remember that sooner or later, Jezebel ends up under the wheels of the chariot.

Elvis Manning

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