Dan Smith is a Christian serving in the US Navy. He blogs at Navy Christian and can be followed on Twitter. He writes below about the sensitive issue of sharing our Christian faith with others in the work environment:
Is it Acceptable to share your faith in Christ with your Coworkers?
Almost every Christian knows, to some degree, that he or she is supposed to share their personal faith with people around them. We know from Matthew 28:19-20 that Christ has given us a command to go and preach the word. Unfortunately, this command to tell others about Christ often conflicts with our feelings of responsibility at work.
So the question then, is it acceptable to share one’s faith with coworkers? The short answer is, “yes.” The full answer is a bit more complicated. For example, some might say it’s alright to share the actual gospel with coworkers on company time, others might shy away from that activity. Personally I even think this is too short an answer, as sometimes I think it is acceptable to do mission at work and sometimes I don’t. It depends on the situation and hard fast rules are difficult to employ. Company policy and regulations often also determine what is allowed and what isn’t. Of course that is also convoluted at times, as we seek to follow Christ above our human masters.
Regardless of whether you feel it is acceptable to share your faith at work or not, you must realize that it is vital to develop relationships at work that will allow for mission later. This is perhaps the most important aspect of mission at work. Without building relationships with our coworkers, it will matter very little whether we think it’s okay to share the gospel on company time or not. Without relationships, there will be no sharing Christ at all, at least not effectively.
Yes, the issue is confusing. What is acceptable and what is not as often up to the individual believer. What do you think? Have you ever share the gospel on company time? Or do you keep your mission and your work separate?