It is not unusual to hear a politician try to appease somebody by saying that they keep their faith seperate from their work. But this approach presents a question for a group like the Airline Christian Network, whose purpose is to do the exact opposite. We exist to help people be faithful disciples of Jesus in the airline workplace. Our whole point is to join faith and work, not seperate them.
Jesus said that it is wise to put his words into practice. (Matthew 7:24) Similarly, James writes, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” (James 1:22)
More strongly though, Jesus also said that, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord’, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 7:21)
If I am not meant to follow Jesus’s teaching out in the world, alongside my fellow man, then where shall I do it? To seperate one’s faith from one’s job would require me to be another person entirely at work. This is impossible in Christianity. For example, values like compassion, honesty, respect or the value of every person can not be only obeyed sometimes and in the right location. A Christian can not condemn lying at home and then go to work tomorrow and carry on lying to customers and colleagues. Jesus said, “in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you.” (Matthew 7:12) This is not just theory or belief; it is meant to alter how we behave.
You may not like all aspects of a Christian’s faith that they bring with them to work, but they are not all bad either. The CEO of an airline in America once visited a Christian group in his company and was told that if Christians fully live out their beliefs at work they will be his most valuable employees. His response? “I know. That’s why I’m here.”