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How can we influence people in the workplace?

One of the two Greatest Commandments is to “love your neighbor as yourself.”  In a famous discussion, a great scholar asked Jesus, “Who is my neighbor?” Jesus replied with a story about a man who saw his enemy broken and beaten on the side of the road and chose to help him at his own expense. Jesus said the man who helped his enemy demonstrated how to love your neighbor. (You can read about it in the story of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:25-37).

This teaching is as relevant today as it was two thousand years ago. It’s easy to love and care for those who are like us--our own people,  tribe, or family. It’s rare to find people who will sacrifice time or money for others who are outside our scope of responsibility.

But doing so is the foundation of kindness--and kindness is a game-changer for everyone.

At work, this may mean refusing to live by worldly attitudes and going the extra mile for your employer. It may mean refusing to gossip about a coworker or judge fellow employees (even if they deserve it). It may mean talking less about yourself, asking questions that invite others to share about their own lives, and giving time to listen. 

When you do this, you love your neighbor as yourself. People will notice and you will become an influencer. 

Why do we believe that the Bible is against LGBTQ when Jesus never said anything about it?

 LGBTQ was not a movement in first-century Palestine. But we can know what Jesus would have said if LGBTQ had been there.

That’s because Jesus affirmed that the Scriptures were true. He taught them, and he applied them with grace.

LGBTQ is not a word found in the Bible, but LGBTQ is about sexuality and sexual expression. Sexuality and sexual expression are found in the Bible.

Scripture defines sexuality as an order of creation established by God as male and female. Scripture defines sexual expression as something created by God for spiritual/emotional, physical, and covenant bonding between a man and a woman in marriage and for producing children.

Anything outside of these bounds is a distortion of God’s creation and plan. Scripture calls that distortion sin. So did Jesus.

You can see how Jesus addressed sexual sin with truth and grace in John 8:1-11.

For more information on sexuality and sexual expression as it pertains to those who follow Jesus, see our denomination’s Biblical Principles for Living.