The Christian Public Servant – “frail human biases”

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September 18, 2017 – Monday

Reading
1Timothy 5:21(b) [NKJV] maintain these principles without bias, doing nothing in a spirit of partiality.

Leviticus 19:15(b) [NKJV] you shall not be partial to the poor nor defer to the great, but you are to judge your neighbor fairly.

Reflection
For the past two years, a friend has been applying for in-house jobs as a social service worker. Yet, every time she’s turned down. Oh, she has experience and never applies for a position where she lacks qualifications. But she doesn’t get the job.

So, what is the problem? Why does she get passed over? Based on a rumor about HR, my friend suspects applicants are selected before the search. Positions are posted only to follow protocol!

Have you ever experienced an unjust situation at work?

My friend knows first-hand it’s hard being treated unfairly in the workplace. She wants to retaliate – get even somehow. My advice is “don’t.” Instead, she must use this unpleasant experience to demonstrate that she will follow Christian principles and not let her own frail human biases get in the way. Like you and me, my friend must demonstrate her faith to coworkers and supervisors – even to HR!

Today at work, you may experience injustice. But don’t let your own frail human biases get in the way of treating others fairly – regardless of how you are treated. Maintain Christian principles in everything you do. If you do nothing in the spirit of partiality, others may follow and the organization’s culture may change.

Remember, don’t retaliate through frail human biases. Others are watching, and so is our Lord!

Prayer
Father in Heaven, please help me maintain Your values at work. Let me show You through my actions, and empower others to do what is right and just. In Your Son’s name, I pray. Amen.

Barbara Hill
Jackson Public Schools
Jackson, Mississippi USA
and Candidate MPA
Belhaven University
Jackson, Mississippi USA

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