When it comes to business strategy, most business leaders are bold, aggressive, and decisive. But when it comes to faith in the workplace, many become wobbly-kneed, self-censoring, and unnecessarily fearful. This is largely because of the massive amounts of misinformation and intimidation that have been spread in the marketplace. Worn out, deceptive phrases such as “separation of church and state” and “sacred and secular” have crept into the business world and caused a lot of confusion by insinuating principles that simply don’t apply to private workplace environments—let alone many public spaces.
The sad result: business owners and leaders are missing great opportunities to operate their businesses in accordance with biblical values, to share their faith, and to provide real hope and encouragement to their employees. Learn the legal pitfalls you should avoid, and how they can be navigated without throwing your faith out the door.
REFLECT & RESPOND
1. How have you wanted to apply your faith in the workplace but haven’t because you weren’t sure if it was legal?
2. Not everyone goes to church, but most people go to work. What kind of positive impact could you have on your employees and your community if you could expressly share the gospel and biblical values with your employees?
Douglas H. Napier, Esq., has more than 25 years of legal experience with expertise in litigation and legal matters. A third-generation attorney, Napier believes law can provide solutions to problems and improve people’s lives. Napier serves as Senior Counsel, Executive Director of ADF International at its headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona, where he is focused on defending the right of people to freely live out their faith throughout the country and world.