How to Navigate the Election at Work

By Daniel Darling

Perhaps you haven’t noticed, but we are in a divisive election season, perhaps one of the strangest and nastiest in recent memory. Politics is dividing people in churches, families and even in workplaces. But it doesn’t have to. As God’s people, we should model for the world what it looks like to love and get along with those who think differently than we do, to be both courageous and open-handed, convictional and humble at the same time in neighborly love.

So here are three warnings for employees as we head down the home stretch of this election.

1. Don’t lose your job

You are passionate about your political opinions and want to speak on behalf of the issues important to you. I get it. I think it’s important for Christians to speak up and speak out in times like this, to bring the truth of the gospel to bear on the world around us. And yet we need to be wise in the ways that we speak out. Peter tells us in 1 Peter 3:15 urges us to “Have an answer for every person for the hope that lies within us, but do it with gentleness and kindness.” It matters not just what we say, but how we say it and especially so on social media platforms.

There are a lot of ways to easily get in trouble on social media and even jeopardize your job by posting something in a fit of adrenalin and rage. It’s important to understand that your personal social media profile represents your company in some way. It’s important to understand your organization’s social media policy. Even if it is fairly permissive, remember that if you post something intentionally provocative or insensitive, you put your company in a difficult position. This doesn’t mean we should be silenced or not speak up, but we need to be wise about how we do it. Courage doesn’t mean being obnoxious or embarrassing our coworkers.

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