Christians everywhere face the question of whether their faith has anything to do with their jobs, but it’s an especially acute issue for those on a congressional payroll.
Here’s why: The law in America is made through the competitive political process, but culture is upstream from politics and faith in turn is upstream from culture. Your faith shapes your work ethos.
“Faith” is here understood in the broadest sense of what you believe about why the universe exists, why you are here and what, if anything, happens to you after death. Those beliefs are a key influence on your views in culture and politics.
But the role of Christian faith in the workplace is especially central because of the vast gulf between how Christians are called to live by the author of their faith and the way “the world” tells you to conduct yourself in the office, shop, assembly line, newsroom, field or foxhole.
Example: Christ tells us to serve others first. Politics tells us we have to take care of ourselves first because nobody else will. Similarly, Christ tells us we are strongest when we are weak and dependent upon Him. Politics says it’s all about how much power and influence you command.
Working on the Hill and in the media is in many respects two sides of the same coin. Both tend to be deadline-oriented, extremely competitive, paths to public acclaim or notoriety and personal value is judged by the what-have-you-done-for-me-today yardstick.
Megan Alexander has been a reporter for “Inside Edition” for a decade and she happens to be a born-again Christian. Alexander has done a great deal of thinking and applying on the role of her faith in her work and she’s written a book on the issue, “Faith in the Spotlight: Thriving in Your Career While Staying True to Your Beliefs.”
Asked by Mikel Del Rosario — see the ApologeticsGuy.com — about the issue, Alexander began her response by noting:
“Well, it’s life you know, and when something is important to you and in your being, in your soul, I think it’s just naturally going to come out … my approach is to do excellent work first and that seat at the table in the first place. I also love people and am a firm believer in building relationships and friendships … and once people get to know you, looking for those moments to share what your moral compass is.”
Alexander goes on from the general to the very specific about how that is done. Many of HillFaith’s readers are Christians working on the Hill, so this video should be of direct interest to them, but Alexander has a lot to say that can prompt valuable thought by everybody.