Does Your Job Require You to Make Moral Compromises? Read This.

Does your job require you to make moral compromises? If so, please read these story that was narrated by the late RA Torrey in his book, Heaven or Hell.

Our text in Proverbs 29:25 promises, “Whoever trusts in the LORD shall be safe. ” He will be safe from all danger of yielding to sin and temptation. If you trust God, temptation has no power over you. A man cannot yield to temptation without distrusting God. Every act of sin is an act of distrust of God. He who trusts God will do right even though the heavens fall.

I knew a businessman who lost nearly everything he owned and had to sell everything else in order to pay his debts. He paid all his debts, but it left him practically penniless. Then he was offered a job with a manufacturing firm. He came to me and said, “What should I do? This is an excellent company to work for. They said they will promote me quickly, but if I take this post, I must work on Sundays. What should I do?”

I said, “Well, you will have to decide for yourself, but if you can’t do it with a clear conscience, you can’t afford to do it.”

He said, “I can’t do it with a clear conscience.” He refused the position, although he did not know what he was to do to support himself and his wife and family of three children. A day or two later, he got a job at very low wages. A few weeks after that, he got a position at several hundred dollars per month. He went on to become the controller of one of the biggest mercantile establishments in the Northwest – all because he trusted God.

When I was home one summer, I found that a young Jewish woman had been converted while I was away. She was a very talented woman, but she had to work hard for her living to support the family. After she was converted, she was full of love for Christ. She went out to the place where she worked, a very large company, and she began talking about Christ to the other employees.

Some of them did not like it. They went to the head of the firm and said, “She is constantly talking to us about Christ. We don’t like it.”

The managers called her in and said, “We have no objection to Christianity, and no objection to your being a Christian. It is a good thing, but you must not talk about it at this company.”

“Very well,” she said. “I won’t work where I can’t take Christ with me and talk for my Master.”

“Well, then,” they said, “you will have to lose your job.”

“Very well,” she said, “I will give up my position before I will be disloyal to Jesus Christ.”

They said, “Go back to work, and we will tell you our decision later.” She went back to work.

At the end of the week, she got a letter from the firm. She said, “Here is my discharge,” and she tore it open. The letter read: “We have a position with great responsibility, with a much larger salary than you are getting. We think you are the woman for the position, and we offer it to you.” They saw she could be trusted. Businessmen are looking for men and women whom they can trust.

Whoever trusts in the Lord will be safe from danger of every kind. We read in Romans 8:31: “If God is for us, who can be against us?” Men will persecute you. They will ridicule you. They will do all they can to harm you. Jesus said in John 15:20, “If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you.” But it won’t do you any harm.

Some people are frightened at the thought of being persecuted. But it is one of the greatest privileges on earth for converts to be persecuted for Jesus Christ. Jesus said: Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (Matt. 5:11-12)

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SINGAPORE NEWS: Workplace Bullying May Be On the Rise in Singapore

Workplace bullying may be on the rise in Singapore.

This is the assessment of iGrow, a psychological consultancy company that offers corporate health and wellness services.

“We see more verbal abuse, emotional neglect and making life difficult by causing problems or sabotaging,” said Mr Benedict Lim, chief psychologist at iGrow, who was speaking to The New Paper.

According to Dr Elizabeth Nair, the principal psychologist at Work & Health Psychologists, workplace bullying is an overlooked problem. Dr Nair says the most common type of workplace bullying here is social bullying.

Said Dr Nair: “It has to do with the idea that work and deadlines are so important that one has to put in extraordinarily long hours. It is when the workplace culture and norms have been set like that, that it becomes almost like a trap.”

According to a Jobstreet.com survey that was conducted in year 2012, about one in four (24%) Singaporean workers said they felt bullied at work.

The Jobstreet.com survey also showed that about 74% respondents report their colleagues as being the “biggest bullies”, with bosses making up 62% of the culprits. Close to one in five respondents (21%) also claimed to have been bullied by clients.

The New Paper highlighted the case of a 45-year-old man who had been the victim of serious workplace bullying.

Mr Kenny Leong, a senior accounts executive in a public corporation, was reported to have been called “woman” or “chao ah gua” (a derogatory term to describe an effeminate man) in most of the places he worked at. Mr Lim, who is soft-spoken man gentle in manner, has ever been hit in the face with a plastic folder before by a former boss. He was once hospitalised in IMH due to workplace bullying.

According to the bible, bullying is a sin:

There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers. (Proverbs 6:16-19; ESV)

But I say, if you are even angry with someone, you are subject to judgment! If you call someone an idiot, you are in danger of being brought before the court. And if you curse someone, you are in danger of the fires of hell. (Matthew 5:22; NLT)

Also, according to the bible, God will repay those who have done evil:

“Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay everyone for what he has done. (Revelation 22:12; English Standard Version)

Does the bible have anything to say to victims of bullying. Yes, it does. Firstly, victims are not to take things in their own hands, but to leave it to God to take vengeance on their behalf:

Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” (Romans 12:19-20; English Standard Version)

God is faithful and can help victims if they’d put their trust Him:

I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies. (Psalm 18:3; English Standard Version)

Behold, all who are incensed against you shall be put to shame and confounded; those who strive against you shall be as nothing and shall perish. You shall seek those who contend with you, but you shall not find them; those who war against you shall be as nothing at all. For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.” (Isaiah 41:11-13; ESV)