Dealing With an Oppressive Boss
Of course, you get no credit for being patient if you are beaten (being oppressed) for doing wrong. But if you suffer for doing good and endure it patiently, God is pleased with you.” –1 Peter 2:20
Let us start out with an assumption.
You do your job honestly and sincerely. You are punctual, you do not extend your lunch break, you do not chit-chat, and sometimes you even work late on your own time to finish a task.
However, you feel your boss secretly despises you. He or she talks down to you, and when it’s time for a promotion, somebody who has not been half as efficient and conscientious as you, gets the raise.
Tears in your eyes, at night you grit your teeth. You like the salary but the unfairness and lack of appreciation is making the environment very oppressive for you. How does the Bible say you should respond? Are Catholics/Christians supposed to be doormats?
First of all, have you embraced the biblical workplace ethic that the situation for submission is one in which we are under authority? God, the supreme authority has ordained various spheres of ongoing authority – government, parents, husbands, church elders, and bosses (1 Peter 2:18; Ephesians 6:5-9). You are under authority of your boss. Scripture goes on to say that there is no authority in your life except that which God has allowed. If He has allowed this person to be your boss, He has a sound reason for it – trust Him. Are you doing something to provoke the boss’s dislike? If yes, deal with that.
Secondly, get to the root of when and how it started. Has there been an incident or event wherein you showed yourself in poor light, and the boss is stuck with that impression? Remember then, that the Bible does not discourage respect communication that seeks to clarify falsehood and promote the truth.
Thirdly, everyone today is fighting for rights, but it is not the biblical route. The trademark of a follower of Christ is to be in humble submission, to please God and bear witness to the lost. You may be looking at a tremendous opportunity to bear witness for Christ by your behavior. Giving up your rights is giving in to Christ.
Submitting to authority even if it is unjust, means entrusting ourselves to the Righteous Judge, knowing that someday He will right all the wrongs.
by the NLTCE team