1. Getting drunk
2. Doing drugs
If Only It Were that Simple
As you probably know, getting drunk and doing drugs at work is unwise because you’ll get in trouble. They’re definite no-no’s, along with a host of other obvious no-no’s, like stealing from your company and vandalizing the office.
But there are two subtler no-no’s that are rampant in the workplace today. Though they may not get you fired, like doing drugs on the job, they’re still sinful in God’s eyes and have negative consequences.
Yikes, this has been a problem in multiple environments where I’ve worked. It’s so sad that gossip has become the norm. Whether it’s badmouthing the manager, complaining about a customer, or spreading rumors about a coworker, gossip is very common at work.
When I worked at a restaurant three summers ago, gossip was an issue.
When I worked at a daycare two summers ago, gossip was an issue.
When I worked at a hospital this past summer, gossip was an issue.
I’d love to tell you that I never gossiped at work and that I always said something positive about whoever was being gossiped about. But that would be a total lie. I often listened (and even added) to whatever gossip-filled conversation was happening around me. Sometimes, I even started the gossip.
That was so wrong of me. Gossip is, without a doubt, sinful. Though people don’t treat it seriously, slander has serious consequences and implications.
A perverse man spreads strife, and a slanderer separates intimate friends. (Proverbs 16:28 NASB)
I don’t want to be known as “perverse” or as “a slanderer.” That’s not who we should be. We should be known by our kind words to others and about others. If you give into gossip once, it’ll be easier to form a habit of gossip.
As in clocking in more hours than you actually worked. As in hiding your computer screen from your boss because you’re looking at porn. As in exaggerating the amount of work you do so you’ll get a promotion. As in checking your social media while you’re clocked in to do assigned tasks.
Like gossip, deception is also normal in the workplace, which is an unfortunate reality. We live and work among coworkers and managers who lie about everything and anything. Often, they use deception to somehow succeed or to have their desires for pleasure fulfilled.
Again, I would love to tell you that I was never deceptive at work and that I helped others avoid deception. But, again, that would be a total lie. Similar to gossip, if you lie once, it’s so much easier to form a habit of lying.
Bread gained by deceit is sweet to a man, but afterward his mouth will be filled with gravel. (Proverbs 20:17 NKJV)
I understand how tempting it is to use your work computer to engage in sin, to sneak in a break while you’re on the clock, or to exaggerate your performance to your boss. However, I know that honesty and openness are worth it. A hidden pleasureful addiction, a bigger paycheck, and a better promotion aren’t.
Obviously, there will always be gossipers and liars in the workplace. Even if we all worked in a Christian company, gossip and deception would still exist. But that doesn’t give us an excuse to commit those sins.
If our bosses, coworkers, and customers are accustomed to gossip and deception, hopefully they’ll notice that you avoid gossip and deception because you’re a follower of Christ.