About a year ago my boss asked me to say the blessing over our “holiday” luncheon. My boss is not a Christian, but he is traditional. He clearly knows of my faith, so to him it was natural to ask me to say the blessing. Being the good Baptist that I am, I offered my prayer in the name of Jesus. Interestingly enough, one person came to me the next day to complain that I should not have mentioned Jesus in my prayer. She suggested that it would have been more appropriate to pray in a generic fashion without mentioning any specific god.
I was caught off guard, but not completely surprised by her statements. My reaction was good, it think. I remember telling her that I am sorry that she is offended by the name of Jesus. But I am not going to change the way I worship out of fear of offending her or anyone else.
Then this year’s “holiday” luncheon happened. Again my boss asked me to pray. I prayed, but I wimped out. I managed to muster up a weak, half hearted prayer that was completely non-specific. Most likely the only person offended by my prayer was Jesus.
Now, I am resolved to do better. But I know I am weak and unable to withstand political pressure on my own. I am thankful for any encouragement others my have and help with how to take a stand for what I believe in a workplace that is not very welcoming.
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