Christian Morals vs. Professionalism

When we go to work we are expected to adhere to a certain code of conduct which we call professionalism. The rules of being professional vary from company to company, but in general they follow the same outline. It is expected that we are not  to insult our fellow co-workers, to be courteous toward them, and to work together even if we don't like each other. Obviously this list is not exhaustive but only represents some of the things that fall under "being professional."

This code of conduct is important for the proper functioning of a company because it has people set aside their differences for the  bottom line. If people are not professional it will cause tremendous damage not only to their own career but also to that of the whole business.

The differences between a church and a business are significant, however, they both depend on good relationships between people to function properly. It is sad to admit that if people behaved at work the way they behaved at church, they would be fired or taken aside for correction. At best being professional provides the same standard of conduct that being a Christian does. This is not right.

When it comes to differences, some Christians are not even professional. Different biblical interpretations have caused some of the most unchristian actions that I have ever witnessed. It seems that Christians will not lay aside their differences for the bottom line, which is Jesus Christ. In fact, all of this is done in His name, which brings shame on His Name. Two Christians working together in a business would get along fine, but two Christians in the church would divide in two.

How is it possible that being professional can overcome differences that being a Christian cannot? Is it not Jesus who said, "You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you."... "For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? (Matt. 5:43-48)" Is this not a higher standard than professionalism?

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