(Disclaimer: What I am about to say is not true of all Christian run businesses)
What do you do, when a self-proclaimed Christian business burns you? I personally have been hurt by employers running a Christian business, and it isn’t easy to trust after something like that happens. Whether they operated sketchily and tend to bend the rules to better suit themselves, or someone is being abused and taken advantage of. Whatever the type of hurts and damages its employees this is not Christian, it is far from it.
These places usually tend to blur the lines between what’s business and what’s a ministry, and will actually just use whichever fits them for each scenario. Whether it is an issue with pay, labor, various safety codes…the list can go on. But the main reason I’m writing this is that these kinds of things can have lasting effects on employees that can lead to trust issues, emotional trauma, and worst of all… a loss in hope and trust in God because of what others are doing in His name. So, again I ask the question…
What do you do, when a self-proclaimed Christian business burns you? Something that seems to resonate with me, would be the example that Jesus states in Matthew 18:15-17 (CSB)
“If your brother sins against you, go and rebuke him in private. If he listens to you, you have won your brother. But if he won’t listen, take one or two others with you so that by the testimony of two or three witnesses every fact may be established. If he doesn’t pay attention to them, tell the church. If he doesn’t pay attention even to the church, let him be like a Gentile and a tax collector to you.”
The scariest part can be to take that first step, addressing the one who has sinned against you in private. It’s not easy to step out and address issues head-on, but you will feel much better having come clean and being honest with them about what has been going on. And if they listen, then the problem is fixed! YAY! Yet if they don’t listen… then you bring others who agree with you to them…and if they still won’t listen… well depending on the situation the next step is either to go higher up on the ladder or publicly rebuke.
Being the whistleblower in this kind of situation is not something people typically want to have to do, but when it comes down to it…it is, in fact, the right thing to do. Because, if someone doesn’t speak out against it, then more people will continue to be hurt even after you leave. More damaged trust and downtrodden spirits, because no one is standing up for what is right.
And remember this, when you are going through all of these things, do so prayerfully. Even in the darkest of times God is with us and desires that we would lean on His understanding, not our own. So, seek God before you act, and afterward as well. Mankind is filled with imperfect people who make mistakes, but even if fellow Christians hurt us, it does not change who God is… He is still Good…He is still Loving… He is still Merciful…He is still Gracious… He is still Forgiving… And He is still there.