For committed Christians, it can be tricky to know if, when and how to share their faith in Christ in the workplace, particularly where they fear hostile reactions.
This article by Bethany Jenkins, who previously worked both on Capitol Hill in Washington and Wall Street in New York, has much practical wisdom for those of seeking to be winsome and faithful to Christ where He has placed us.
Key to her advice is the understanding that we as Christians are pilgrims on a journey through this world, and our true home is the New Heavens and the New Earth with Christ. We are then exiles in our communities, our workplaces.
David H. Kim, who directs the Center for Faith & Work in New York City, writes, “Often churches assume that they are in Jerusalem with all the comforts and security that it affords them when, in fact, we are . . . ‘exiles’ (1 Peter 1:1, 17) and ‘aliens and strangers’ (1 Peter 2:11) in this world—citizens of a heavenly city (Hebrews 13:14).”
Having an exilic mindset, he argues, changes how we engage culture. We are in the minority (exile), not the majority (Jerusalem). Our identities are challenged (exile), not assumed (Jerusalem).