Friday, February 25, 2011
Who are you at your office?
I've gotten a couple of reminders recently about what people remember about you as a coworker. People deeply remember hypocrisy. It makes you question everything a person has said or done. I think Jack Sparrow said it best..."you can always trust a dishonest man to be dishonest. Honestly, it's the honest ones you have to watch out for." People like consistency in behavior and saying "I'm a Christian" fills in expected behavior in their minds. We have a brand...it's been skewing toward the crazy, bigoted and abusive in the US lately, but it's still a brand.
A coworker and I were sharing stories of people at work who weren't what you initially thought and she recounted one of her previous jobs where a man at her office who spent a large amount of his time on the job doing duties for his church (an issue akin to theft unto itself) was caught with a meth lab in his house.
It's very similar to another situation where a coworker was an open church goer, consistently manipulated and used people in the office to get what she wanted. I've heard it brought up twice. "And she's in church every Sunday."
I guess you could say these are just examples of non-Christians finding fault with believers...but I have yet to hear the "and he/she claims to be a Christian." line brought up in response to one-time bad behavior...it's always in reference to long-term behavioral issues.