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If you are going to profess to be a Christian you might want to not deliberately disobey the rules.
Case in point:
I work with an evangelizer, a Christian who lets everyone know she is Christian not necessarily in deed but in word. It's not hard to pick her out of a conversation since she often speaks in Christian-ese, "I am so blessed", "I asked the Lord to help me", "I can't work my shift on Saturday because church is in the morning."
There is nothing wrong with speaking like that
this same Christian also apologized to me, her supervisor, for taking a longer break than everyone else but because she was sharing Jesus with a coworker she thought I should understand. And she laughed when she knowingly admits to breaking 2 company policies. "No one has ever said anything to me yet so I'm just going to ____ until I'm corrected."
In other words, since she is a believer it's OK to make the unbelievers late for their breaks. Obviously, HER break is more important. Also, she doesn't have to dress like everyone else because, while she knows she's not meeting dress code, no one has ever pointed out the error to her.
And we (meaning Christians) ((yes I am a follower of Christ)) wonder why the message of God's Good News seems rejected by the "world".
Of course we should tell people about Jesus
we should also
-and maybe more importantly-
live like we follow Jesus.
Be on time.
Do the right thing.
Pick up trash.
Obey your superiors.
Lighten other's loads, not burden them.
Follow dress code.
Maybe if we were hard workers with kind spirits others would be attracted to the Good News, not avoid us in the break room.
Just a thought .....
"We Christians are debtors to all men at all times in all places, but we are so smug to the lostness of men. We've been "living in Laodicea ", lax, loose, lustful, and lazy. Why is there this criminal indifference to the lostness of men? Our condemnation is that we know how to live better than we are living." ~Leonard Ravenhill
"Unless we have invested a great deal of time in our secret ministry to the Lord then the shallowness of our public ministry will be very evident. Today it is abundantly clear that not enough time is spent ministering to the Lord, and way too much time is spent ministering to people; hence, most of what is done in the name of ministry is performed in a fleshly, human way which never bears any lasting fruit." ~Chip Brogden