Tuesday, 3 February 2009

Christians at work

Yesterday I read the story of Caroline Petrie, the Christian nurse in Somerset who faces disciplinary action for offering to pray for a patient. This reminded me of the story of the Southampton Bus Driver who refused to drive the buses carrying the infamous "There's probably no God" slogans, which the bus company permitted somewhat. Are they right? Should they be punished? Or praised?

I think it's a tough one. How would I feel if someone offered to pray to Allah for me?

Personally speaking, I think Mrs Petrie has done nothing wrong. In asking simply if the patient would like prayer, she has shown compassion, and in accepting a polite 'no' has shown that she is not some wacky fundamentalist. Some patients who fear death would find prayer comforting, some would be desperate for it, clinigng to it as a last baton of hope. And Mrs Petrie belives that more than that, prayer works, and that by petitioning God to heal, he may just do that.

On the other hand, I disagree with Mr Heather, the bus driver. The slogans on the bus do not portray his opinion, nor could they be interpreted to do so. He refuses to drive a bus on the basis that he does not agree with the advertising on the side. What precedent does this set? Will he refuse to drive a bus promoting safe sex, without any advice to keep it for marriage? Will a Muslim refuse to work in a supermarket which advertises alcohol? It is a dangerous precedent to set in my opinion. As employees, we must obey those in authority above us. Peter writes in the Bible;

Slaves, submit yourselves to your masters with all respect, not only to
those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh. For it is
commendable if a man bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because he is
conscious of God. But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for
doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it,
this is commendable before God.

Once again, the path of following Jesus is seen to be a radical, counter cultural one.

1 comment:

What? said...

nice insight robin.

Emma x