Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Marsha's Musings: Employee/Employer Relationships. (1 Peter 2:18 KJV)

Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward. (1 Peter 2:18 KJV)

Peter moves on from submission to governmental authorities to the servant/master relationship.  Since we here in the USA don't have, as a general rule, servant/master situations, this verse can easily be applied to the employee/employer relationship. 

He is pretty clear that the employee is supposed to do what the boss expects of them in a respectful manner.  The word fear not only implies a certain awe of his position, knowing he could fire you if you don't perform well, but the word fear also means reverence.  Not reverence in the sense of worship, but reverent in the sense of giving your boss due respect.

Peter goes so far as to say we are to treat even the most irritating boss in a submissive respectful manner!  It's been many years since I have been employed outside the home, but I remember when I was employed how the employees talked behind the boss's back.  I dare say that Peter probably includes not only how we treated the boss to his face but also how we talked about him behind his back. This is hard stuff to apply when everyone else around you is degrading the boss. It's all to easy to follow the crowd.

So what about that boss who just doesn't treat you well?  What can you do about that?  There are a number of options you might consider.

1. Changing jobs
2. Respectfully share your grievance with him...maybe he would change something
3. Stay put and stick it out
4.  Use the problem solving chart to figure out your options
In a day when good jobs are scarce, Biblical advice on how we should conduct ourselves is so important. 

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