Q. I’ve been so blessed over the last few years by your teaching. My understanding of God’s Word has grown and it is wonderful to have peace in my heart about so many issues that our pastors never touch on. Thank you for your faithfulness in your ministry. Your daily email is the highlight of my day. May our Father reward you abundantly.
I have a practice that I run from my home, in a building separate from my house. The property has only one entrance shared by family and clients alike. On the pillars and walls of my garage I have beautiful signs of a heart and the cross, made from chickenwire and small stones, really quite rustic. In my practice’s waiting room I have the words love, peace, faith, hope and healing embroidered on the chair cushions. My clients come from all walks of life and denominations, as well as from other faiths. I have noticed that clients from other faiths seldom return for their followup sessions to complete their treatment. This has made me wonder about the appropriateness of my Christian symbols in my workplace. I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ and that is why I have the courage to display these symbols. We have many Muslim shops in our country and they all have Arabic inscriptions over their entrances which I don’t understand, but this has not deterred me to buy from them. What is your view on this from a biblical perspective? I appreciate your insight and wisdom. God bless you.
A. It sounds like you don’t live in the US. Other religions are often not as tolerant of our religion as we are of theirs, and some are even forbidden from dealing with us, and could get themselves in trouble for doing so.
If this is true in your case, then your choice is to continue to display your Christian symbols and keep losing clients who are put off by them, or present yourself to your clientele in a non-religious way.
In Romans 12:18 Paul said, “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”