Most Christians agree that the Bible encourages Christians to share their faith for two reasons: first, witnessing is an act of obedience to Jesus’ model and command (Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 9:23; John 15:16, 21; 2 Peter 3:9); second, witnessing demonstrates that we are not ashamed of God’s saving work in our life (Luke 9:26; Romans 1:16). Unfortunately, Bill Bright notes that a 2005 study by the Barna Research Group concluded that only 55 percent of born-again Christians believe it is their responsibility to share their faith. More surprising, Dr. Bright also noted a study by Campus Crusade for Christ that found that only 2 percent of Christians share their faith on a regular basis.
Why? Fear of reprisal may be one reason.
An article by Hugh Willett cites reports by that Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Department of Justice indicating that complaints of religious harassment in the workplace are on the rise. In fact, in a seminar at the University of Tennessee to human resource managers, legal professionals, and religious specialists, Professor Rosalind Hackett notes that religious harassment claims in the United States are second only to complaints about sexual harassment.
While it is true that many states have laws in place to protect the religious differences of certain employee, these laws are intended to ensure that every employee is treated equally in the workplace despite one’s religious beliefs. Under certain conditions, when one’s religious differences are not respected or properly accommodated this may be considered a form of discrimination or harassment.
The simple fact remains that U.S. businesses employ thousands of individuals from a variety of diverse backgrounds and beliefs. Under the law, diversity must be embraced, but this does not mean that Christians cannot – or should not, share their faith. Engaging employees during break times and before or after work regarding their religious backgrounds, different religious holidays, different attire and worship, are wonderful ways to open the door for Christians to point people to God’s Word as record in the Bible.
Along with one’s personal testimony, the Bible is simply the best witnessing tool available to Christians. It tells the greatest story ever told, about the greatest person who ever lived – with the greatest gift that has ever been offered.
One way to share your faith when using the Bible is to “mark-it.” That is, chain-link various scripture passages together that describe God’s work, His love, and His plan for sinful mankind. There are various ways to mark a Bible, but talk to your pastor, Sunday school teacher, deacon, or elder if you need help. Another great way to use your Bible to share your faith is to simply familiarize yourself with the various stories contained within. One of my favorite stories is Jesus’ encounter with the woman at the well (John 4). It’s a fantastic story of how a group of people misunderstood God’s Word and how Jesus corrected their misunderstanding. Another favorite is the story of Philip’s encounter with the Ethiopian Eunuch (Acts 8), Jesus’ night-time conversation with Nicodemus (John 3), and so many more.
What’s your favorite Bible story?
What’s your favorite story from the Bible – and why? Leave me a post describing the story along with how you might use it when witnessing to a coworker or friend. Your thoughts are important. It could not only encourage someone on how to share their faith but it may actually motivate you to “go and make disciples.” That’s a win-win situation for God’s kingdom.
Have a blessed day, my friends… because I love Him and You,
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Willett, H. (2011, October). “Religion in the Workplace is an Issue On the Rise,” Knoxville News Sentinel Co.
Bright, Bill (2005). The Joy of Faithful Obedience. David C. Cook Publishing.