Talking about God at work

United States
April 6, 2009 6:31pm CST
Do any of you openly discuss your faith at work? Are any of you on the listening side of someone talking God at work? Do you find it offensive or welcoming? Does it draw your interest or make you angry? Do you bring up the topic of God or does someone seem to push it on you? Would you try to get someone fired because they talked about their faith?
6 responses
@max1950 (2313)
• United States
6 Apr 09
I had a boss that every hour of the day would preach his belief's, if you asked a question he'd throw GOD into every conversation,i personally think the way you pray is between you and GOD, don't keep preaching to me all day. i dont need to go to a church to pray, i talk to the big guy all day, my way. And if you dont agree with the BIBLE, FINE, but dont pester me all day ABOUT YOUR IDEA'S. AMEN
• United States
7 Apr 09
You are so right, praying is between you and God and can be done anywhere at any time. From your comment it seems to me that you do believe in God and even in the Bible, you just don't care for traditional church? Did you have a bad experience? I guess I can understand if you ask a question about God but if every question leads him to preaching that would be a bit too much.
@max1950 (2313)
• United States
7 Apr 09
i was raised catholic, went to catholic school,and when mass was said in latin it was fine, then in the 70's they had a folk guitar on the alter with someone playing folk tunes, come on, give me a break. the nun's i had in as teachers were rolling in their graves. see the movie 'stigmata' and you'll see the way i pray, god is everywhere, as far as im concerned, i like thee old way, all this touchie ,feelie, stuff does not !! get my vote, i dont know where that guy's hand has been. but i do like going to church during the day when it's empty and just sit there and talk to the man, light a few candles for poeopl i know are sick, and to get this world to get it's sh!t together.
• United States
6 Apr 09
I have a coworker that is constantly talking about her faith. She is a born-again Christian, and is forever trying to force her faith on my coworkers and I. She once tried to bribe me into going to one of her meetings because there would be "free cheeseburgers" there. Wow. And around CHRISTmas (as she puts it), she gives all of us fake $1,000,000 bills that have a lot of literature about how we're all "going to hell" unless we change our ways, and even then it's a slim chance that we'll make it to the good place. It makes me terribly uncomfortable to have that shoved in my face all the time, but I would never get her fired for it. I just politely say "No thanks" or "I disagree" all the time, but if she keeps trying to force it on me I'll have to say something to my supervisor about harrassment. In America there is freedom OF religion as well as freedom FROM religion. I work in a school. There's a separation of church and state for a reason. I'm glad that people have found different religions and/or faiths to get them through life and make them happy, but that doesn't mean I want it in my face all the time. I don't force my beliefs on her, and I wish she had the courtesy to do the same. That felt good. I've been needing to get that off of my chest for a while. :D Thanks!
• United States
7 Apr 09
I also know it can be irritating, to say the least, when someone is always trying to tell you something that you have no interest in hearing. I know that they can talk all they want but unless God chooses me first my ears are deaf to what they are saying. I think sometimes when a person is always talking about why I am going to hell and how much I need God it is because they do not understand how God really works. God Himself would never pressure anyone in believing in Him. He would be much more loving and gentle. People think they have to push it down our throats. Though the separation of church and state wasn't to keep the church out of the state but it was actually to keep the state out of the church. Our Government just changed it to suit them. I think that if an 'unbeliever' brings up to subject and is asking questions that the 'believer' has an obligation to answer as best he can and otherwise they need to be still.
@bird123 (10546)
• United States
11 Apr 09
There are many religions. People get comfortable with their religions and try to convert others. I have found that no religion as of today really understands God and what is really going on. People at work no longer confront me with religion. I start to ask questions when they do. I ask questions that they can not answer. There was a young man at one time who was a baptist who came to discuss religion with me. I could never understand why he kept getting angry.Religion can be brainwashing. I don't know if I got through to him at all. Then there was the young man who became a pastor. He kept inviting everyone to his church. When he got to me, I asked him::What are you going to do when I start asking questions that you can't answer? He politely said. We will just usher you out.Of course, that is after the donation. People try to spread their religion because they feel it is what one should do.They don't mean harm by it even though it bothers some.It is just another opportunity to interact with another person. When they come to you, ask a million questions. I'm sure you have some they can't answer.
@amoyube1980 (2233)
• Somalia
9 Apr 09
I would never get anyone fired because of faith differences. That totally defeats the purpose of free will. I do not openly discuss my faith, but when people ask and are willing to listen, i share what I believe. In a way I am more of a reactive Christian rather than a proactive one.
@Galena (9120)
7 Apr 09
I'll talk about it if that sort of discussion comes up. what I believe is no secret, but it's also nothing to do with my job. I wouldn't try and fire someone that talks about what they believe. nothing wrong with talking about it. it's when people harass others, or try to convert them that it's a problem
• United States
7 Apr 09
I try to avoid religion, and politics at work. If the conversation is not heated, I will partake. But, if it gets loud, and heated I will not participate. Do not get me wrong, I have very strong beliefs on both, I just do not think work is the appropriate place to discuss such things.