Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Christianity at Work

I was conversing with a colleague over Office Communicator—basically a version of MSN Messenger that’s blessed by the IT department, and integrated into Exchange—and he asked me what church I go to, because he will be moving to Toronto soon, and was looking for suggestions.

The thing is, I don’t think I’ve ever told him that I’m a Christian. So, somehow, he found out from someone else.

“Hey, I’m looking for a good church in Toronto. Do you know of any?”

“No, but why not ask serna? I know he goes to church.”

So I’m thinking to myself: this could either be a good thing, or a bad thing.

It could be a good thing because if it means that my Christian witness is so good that I have a reputation around the office. “That serna; never lies, never cheats, never steals. Always pleasant to be around, and always patient. And it’s because he’s a Christian—he’s different.”

Or it could be a bad thing, if my witness is not good, and yet people still know. “That serna; what a jerk! He’s so judgemental, and impatient. Typical Christian…”

Not that I’m overly worried or anything. I just don’t tend to think about it that much. It’s not like I go around trying to “act” Christian—I pray and read my Bible, and try to become a better Christian, and hope that that will show in my day to day life. So when, out of the blue, I find out that someone knows I’m a Christian, I find myself looking back over our past conversations, and wondering, did I conduct myself as I should have?

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