Here are five things Christians should never compromise on at work.
Leaving Early, Coming Late
When you have been entrusted by your employer to go to work from 9 to 5, this means he’s paid you to work from 9 to 5. If the boss is gone, the same thing applies. There is no excuse for leaving early or arriving late, except for appointments and emergencies, because they are paying you and me to work a set number of hours and they pay us for a set number of hours, so we must work that same number of hours. And it doesn’t matter if others are doing it.
When we’re at work, we can steal from our employer. No, I don’t mean stealing pens and paperclips, but stealing from our employer by not working the very best we can. The Bible teaches, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might” (Eccl 9:10). The Apostle Paul writes about the very same thing in Colossians 3:23, where he wrote, “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.” Not doing that is compromising and God considers it sin.
I heard one man say that a sales pitch isn’t really lying…it’s just stretching the truth, but isn’t the truth enough to stand on its own without having to stretch it? And is it still the truth if you have to stretch it? Probably not, so a Christian should never lie or “embellish” things to make a customer want to buy something and to make it sound like their product is more superior than it really is.
Sharing/Requesting Private Records
I worked in HR for a while when I was a manger for the government and we had access to all sorts of personal information but we kept these files locked up and only two of us could legally have access to them, but sometimes that information gets leaked by someone and their personal files become known to others around the office. I heard this happened one time at another district office and someone had heard that “so and so” had committed a felony before they came here. A Christian should know better than to share personal information in the workplace. Someone could get hurt by it, plus, it’s just plain illegal…and, it’s sin.
Cook the Books
Most Christians realize that they cannot lie or cheat, so cooking the books for an employer, just because they asked them to, is something that they cannot compromise on at all. Cooking the books is where someone changes credits and debits or removes or adds records that were not originally there. This may even get them fired, but if it does, God can find them a better job or a job where they won’t have to lie and cheat for the company.
It is so tempting to compromise with the world, but we’re supposed to be different from the world, and even though we’re in the world, we’re not to be part of the world. This means Christians should always be at work on time (if possible), that they should not stretch the truth to the point of compromising it, they should never share personal information about co-workers (including gossip), and they should never “cook the books” because that’s not only sin, it’s illegal, and you could land in jail.