In this sermon, Pastor Neil looks at the relationship between employees and employers from a biblical perspective. Here are some excerpts:
I want to talk about slaves and masters from another perspective today. Instead of slaves and masters, I want us to think in terms of employees and employers or managers. I’m confident that none of us are actual “slaves” who are subject to the demands or whims of “masters,” though there may be times when we feel like we are. But most of us, at some point in our lives, have been or will be in a workplace relationship as either an employer/manager or an employee under the supervision of a boss.
So, what does the Bible have to say to us about how to conduct ourselves in these workplace relationships? Paul speaks to both employers/bosses and employees here in Colossians as well as in the parallel passage in Ephesians 6:5- 9.
The first thing – the main thing – Paul says to slaves (employees) in both Colossians 3 and Ephesians 6 is to “obey your earthly masters in everything” (Colossians 3:22); “with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ” (Ephesians 6:5). As with Paul’s instructions to children and parents, the imperative to obey is not absolute. Your highest allegiance in life is not to your employer. And must not be. Paul is speaking to Christians here – to Christian employees and their employers. So, the expectation is that if your boss is a Christian, he/she will not ask or try to compel you to do anything illegal, immoral, unethical, or in any way contrary to your faith in Jesus Christ. If your boss asks you to do something that compromises or contradicts your faith or allegiance to Christ, it is your duty as a Christian to refuse.
But, generally speaking, as a follower of Jesus, you are to obey your employer. You are to carry out the instructions and directives your boss gives you. You are to treat your boss with respect and honor. In some cases, this may be extremely difficult, because some employers, some bosses, some managers, are difficult, disreputable, dishonorable people who are impossible to please. You may have, or have had, a boss like that. What to do then? You are still to treat your boss with respect and honor, if for no other reason than for the position he/she holds. If you cannot respect the person, you can still respect the position the person holds, and treat your boss accordingly. This is what God’s Word requires. And the Holy Spirit is available to help you do what you cannot do on your own.
Pastor Neil has a lot more to say about this topic. Please click on the link below to here his sermon in its entirety.