DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: I think I’m about to lose my job. Several weeks ago, my boss told me to do something that was clearly unethical (and probably illegal), and I told him that as a Christian, I couldn’t do it. Was I wrong to refuse? He’s been very cold to me ever since. — P.T.
DEAR P.T.: No, you weren’t wrong to refuse to do this. Even if you end up paying a stiff price for your integrity, God won’t abandon you, and he will reward you for your faithfulness. The Bible says, “Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out” (Proverbs 10:9).
Suppose you had gone along with what your boss wanted you to do. What would be the outcome? For one thing, almost certainly this would not have been the end; he would keep coming back to you with more and more unethical demands. In addition, if your involvement in these actions ever became known, your name would be dishonored and you could even be subject to legal action or arrest. Never compromise your integrity for a temporary gain!
But more than this, God has called us to be salt and light in the midst of a corrupt and dark world. But if we fail — if we side with the forces of corruption and darkness — Satan wins instead of Christ. I often think of Jesus’ words: “let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).
Ask God to help you be the best worker you can possibly be, for his glory. In addition, pray for your boss, not only that he’ll realize the danger of the path he’s being tempted to take, but also that he’ll turn to Christ and begin to follow him.
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