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Is it okay to work for a place that indirectly supports something that the Bible condemns?

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A few months ago I interviewed at like a doctor's office or a clinic for medical assistant positions. I didn't pass part of the test so they didn't hire me. I just wanted to know if it would be okay to work there or not because I had a discussion with the interviewer and she said that the doctor's do write referrals to abortion clinics or something like that. I know that the Bible says that "He who doesn't work neither shall he eat." I also do not think that it is fair that God would hold me accountable because I need to make a living. I just recently got hurt at a job that is not related to Medical Assisting. I do not blame myself or anyone else, but now I have a small hernia and will see the doctor about it tomorrow.

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I think with the civil rights laws in place now and protecting lifestyles that are condemned as sins in scripture, that the employed Christian shall most likely find themselves at odd's with any work place they're employed at.

A doctors office that writes referrals for abortions is not an abortion clinic. That office would write referrals for many things and treat many different people. Perhaps homosexuals, transsexuals. Who knows? I think we are to be a light in this world. And being that there is much darkness to encounter from time to time we have to prioritize.

Can you live with how you make your living?

 

That's a great personal question. Also to know that this whole world is full of sinners unrepentant. We live the truth of the gospel and maybe inspire the lost to seek salvation. Love. That's the key. Love.

 

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God is your living.

Whatever needs you have God will provide.

Matthew 6:25-34.

 

Anywhere you work you'll have something ungodly to disagree with, but just working there doesnt necessarily make you a part of it.

I would ask these questions.

Will working here discredit me as a Christian to the community?

Is my work directly supporting something sinful?

How is my work effecing me in my relationship with Christ?

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You are only responsible for your own actions. You are not accountable for what your employers or coworkers do. There is nothing wrong with working for an employer who does things that are wrong as long as you don't participate in these activities.

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To be working in a bar or night club - as a Christian would be highly questionable -- if not plain wrong.  Usually those kinds of jobs are not the only one's available. 

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7 hours ago, Sue D. said:

To be working in a bar or night club - as a Christian would be highly questionable -- if not plain wrong.  Usually those kinds of jobs are not the only one's available. 

I agree - in a place like that you are advancing/ encouraging the sinful behaviors of those people there - and it is obviously a place of great temptations . 

 

A medical practice is a slightly different though - many Christian doctors do work in hospitals where abortions take place for example - however they would normally refuse to have any part in those procedures. Such a stance is a matter of conscience for you though - if you think it would be wrong to work in such a place whilst taking a similar stance  then it would be sin  (Rom 14:23). 

 

Interestingly though, I know a doctor who was working in a team where 7 out of the 8 doctors were Christians, all 7 refused to have any part in abortions, which left one unbelieving doctor to perform them all - but here is the thing, he didn't want to do them either but he felt he had to because he was the only one who didn't have a religious objection! Now, it is very easy for us to dismiss that as, "being on him" and in one sense it is - but in another way I have to wonder what that did to his conscience and what he truly felt about the Christian witness to him. I am not for a moment suggesting those Christian doctors should have got involved in abortions - but at the same time we need to be loving the lost (life is complicated!)

 

 

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1 hour ago, reformed baptist said:

Interestingly though, I know a doctor who was working in a team where 7 out of the 8 doctors were Christians, all 7 refused to have any part in abortions, which left one unbelieving doctor to perform them all - but here is the thing, he didn't want to do them either but he felt he had to because he was the only one who didn't have a religious objection! Now, it is very easy for us to dismiss that as, "being on him" and in one sense it is - but in another way I have to wonder what that did to his conscience and what he truly felt about the Christian witness to him. I am not for a moment suggesting those Christian doctors should have got involved in abortions - but at the same time we need to be loving the lost (life is complicated!)

that would be a great place to see a doctor - 

 

too bad they can't just refuse abortion all together - that would be a witness when people ask why they don't do abortions

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I remember wondering about this about 20 years ago. A tobacco company hired our security guard firm to work at their facility.

And another time we had to guard the parking lot of a porno shop, because the people in charge didn't want those going to the night club next door parking there illegally. Mix the drunks at the night club with the 'happenings" of the porn shop and man it was insane. I admit, I did feel weird having to go in that place to simply use the bathroom. 

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On 5/6/2018 at 11:54 AM, Truthfrees said:

that would be a great place to see a doctor - 

 

too bad they can't just refuse abortion all together - that would be a witness when people ask why they don't do abortions

In general practice Christian doctors do get an opportunity to do that - but there is always another place a person can go. 

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