Christianity Today posted an article recently asking the important question, Are There Any Jobs Off Limits For Christians?
It’s a good question, a valid question even, especially as today’s economy keeps falling and jobs become harder to come by. Whether you live in Canada or the US, or anywhere, work is not always a guarantee. It can be very easy to be tempted by the possibility of cash and security to do whatever it is that we can, no matter what it might be.
Their article did answer the question. Their answers were very good, but I found myself wondering if there were specific answers to the question, rather than generalizations.
Are there any jobs that Christians should out right avoid?
Are there occupations that we should never find ourselves employed in?
Here are 3 real jobs that I think Christians should avoid. They may not be jobs that you would immediately jump to when the cash flow has stopped, but for some people these may seem like the most viable, or only option. If you know people that are faced with this kind of dilemma, please, do more than pray for them. Be the hands and feet of Christ to them, bless them and show them that there are alternatives.
They say that there is “good” money to be made in selling yourself for sex. Even just selling seats to let people watch you “dance” is apparently quite lucrative.
But the Bible makes it abundantly clear that we are to have no part in this kind of business. Not as an employee, employer, or parishioner.
“Do not degrade your daughter by making her a prostitute, or the land will turn to prostitution and be filled with wickedness.” – Leviticus 19.29
“You shall not commit adultery.” – Exodus 20.14
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” – Matthew 5.27-28
Being a prostitute or an exhibitionist is putting yourself in the place to help people sin. Filling their minds with impure thoughts is something that Jesus speaks very clearly about. Putting yourself in this kind of position, regardless of the money, is a terrible idea. It must be avoided. These jobs are off limits for Christians.
(I won’t go into how destructive prostitution/exhibitionism are. They run in the same vein as pornography for what they do to the brain and the soul.)
2. Drug Dealer
Just like a prostitute or exhibitionist, dealing in illegal substances can be a quick way to make big money. (Not that I have experience in any of these. My knowledge is all hear-say and movie based.)
But again, this is a job that Christians should not be involved in. Not just because I said so or I think it is a bad idea, but because by dealing drugs is dealing with idols.
Look at people that deal in drugs or are use drugs. Their lives are consumed by it. Everything is about the next deal, the next score, the next high. All delivered by some drug. And drug user and pushers will do whatever it takes, in the name of their drug, just like a followers in a religion.
The Bible has plenty to say about idols, and how as believers we are to have nothing to do with them.
“They worshiped their idols, which became a snare to them. They sacrificed their sons and their daughters to false gods. They shed innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan, and the land was desecrated by their blood. They defiled themselves by what they did; by their deeds they prostituted themselves.” – Psalm 106.36-39
“Do not make any idols.” – Exodus 34.17
It doesn’t get more plain and simple than that. Anything that is control and dictating how you run your life is an idol. Drugs would fall under that category. Christians should not be dealing in or serving any idol, in any form. This is a job we should definitely avoid.
This last one is likely the most obvious. It doesn’t matter how you are going interpret the 10 Commandments, killing or murder are not things that we need to be involved in. Especially for money. Even more so, when Jesus raises the bar higher.
“You shall not murder.” – Exodus 20.13
“You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.” – Matthew 5.21-22
Yes, this seems obvious. Christians should not become hitmen or mercenaries. But in a culture that has glamorized war, and in society that is now numb to innocent deaths, and the promise of cash, the temptation may be there for some.
There is no wiggle room on what the Scriptures say. This kind of job is not for a follower of Christ to have.
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