Ethics: Participate in Gay Pride Parade or Be Fired

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What would you do Wednesday!

The following scenario is based on a true story. So far, I have only heard one such story. There may be more, or similar, situations out there. And there may be more to come. How would you handle the situation?

A company email arrives in your inbox about an upcoming local event. The event is a local gay pride parade which your company sees as a way to embrace diversity and gain some politically correct good will.  The email states that attendance is mandatory.

You speak with your manager about getting excused from attending. You explain that you are a Christian – that attending such an event would be against your religious convictions.

The manager knows you are a Christian, understands your objection, but states that this order is from upper management. He encourages you to think about it for what it is – a work function and not a church function. “Aside from death or a doctor’s note there are no exceptions,” he says firmly, “you must attend the parade or we will have to let you go.”

What would you do?

  • Go to the parade and keep your job.
  • Go to the parade and pass out gospel tracks.
  • Do not go, but fight for your job.
  • Do not go, but ask your doctor to give you a note.
  • Or…

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Mark

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The above article was posted on April 22, 2015 by Mark Lamprecht.
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1 Vernita S. April 22, 2015 at 6:53 pm

Greetings:
This indeed is a scenario we, Christians need to take a stand for what the bible requires of us. I would let the Head Manager know with no disrespect, I would not attend because it violates my Christian ethics and goes against godly principles. First, it’s a local event, which has nothing to do with what I was hired to do. Secondly, the reason he states; to embrace diversity and gain some political correct good will is for his own personal agenda and whatever hidden intentions he hopes to gain from attending such.

I am to witness the amazing love and forgiving grace of God to non-believers not embrace their lifestyle. And I don’t need to attend a gay pride parade to do such because it gives the wrong impression. I’ll explain that I don’t hate gays, however; I’m more concerned about my fellowship with the Lord than a threat by my boss. If I allow fear of losing my job to force me into attending this event, I’m not trusting in the power of God to work on my behalf. And you can rest assured, the Head Manager will use such as means to come up with yet another scenario in an attempt to bully his employees into doing what he believes in, regardless of their beliefs and feelings. This is a case of Abuse of Power. And it’s imperative to let our light shine by being bold and courageous. We must handle it wisely, lovely and professionally but not be governed by fear.

If necessary, I have legal rights and can take legal actions against such abuse of authority, for the Head Manger is aware I’m a Christian and yet disrespects me and is demanding me to go against God. I’ll record every conversation and trust God no matter what!

2 G.E. Jackson, Ph.D April 25, 2015 at 8:47 pm

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3 Grant August 7, 2015 at 6:10 am

I would ask upper management why their “embrace [of] diversity” does not include embracing my faith in the true Gospel of Jesus Christ, and how my “attendance” can be “mandatory” if I must violate my beliefs which are my constitutional liberty to hold.

Encouraging me to “think about it for what it is – a work function and not a church function” is business-speak, meant to provide a way for people to do what they or others want while hiding from the truth (the Biblical language is “by their unrighteousness suppress the truth…So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him”).

Also, it does not matter what “kind” of function it is. Christians don’t seek to glorify and preach Jesus Christ only in the context of “Church functions.” Glorifying and preaching Jesus Christ is for all of the Christian’s life: “whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31).

That attempt to get the Christian to lie to themself and betray their God and Saviour Jesus Christ, as well as the bullying ultimatum: “Aside from death or a doctor’s note there are no exceptions,” he says firmly, “you must attend the parade or we will have to let you go,” would prompt me to appeal to upper management, and if they won’t be reasonable, then its clear that they’ll either “let me go,” or I’ll have to resign.

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