February 6, 2010

Faith at the Firm: Are You in the Zone, or in the Catacombs?

Tired of trying to be someone you're not? Would your co-workers be surprised that you are a Christian?

These are two of the worthy questions posed by Kyle Rote Jr. and Dr. Joe Pettigrew in their new book, Living Life in the Zone: A 40-Day Spiritual Gameplan for Men. While the book targets the Christian male general reader, it's full of relevant faith challenges for those of us practicing law, especially lawyers who find themselves fearfully keeping their Christianity hidden from colleagues and clients (a phenomenon one stealth-Christian lawyer described to me as "hiding in the catacombs").

Rote and Pettigrew offer some solid answers:

Don't be a chameleon - James 1:8: "He is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways."

You must renounce and confess your internal inconsistencies - 2 Corinthians 4:2: "But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God."

God created it all - including your workplace - and He claims authority over it - Psalm 89:11: "The heavens are Yours, the earth also is Yours; the world and all its fullness, You have founded them."

You must proclaim Christ to others so that they can be in fellowship with Him and experience complete joy - 1 John 1:3-4: "That which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. And these things we write to you that your joy may be full."

As a Christian lawyer, are you living in the zone, or hiding in the catacombs?

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