6 Tips for Christians in a Post Christian World

This post was contributed by a guest writer who wishes to remain anonymous. It is about working in a post-Christian world.

As Aaron Renn wrote in Masc #13, we live today in the “negative world,” where Christendom and belief in god increasingly is seen as a negative that lowers your social status, particularly in big cities, corporate America, and similar places. I am a twenty-something-year-old Christian, married man who works in the finance industry in corporate Denver. So as you can imagine, I had to learn how to start a career as a Christian in the post-Christian secularism dominated workplace. I imagine it’s even worse in places like New York. What follows are my top six tips for Christian young adults entering the professional negative world of the United States. These tips apply to the pre-interview period, interview process, and the first couple of years after you land a job.

Tip #1 (Pre-Interview): Get it in your head that you are at a disadvantage because of your belief in god. Accept the reality of the negative worldview. This should light a flame of ambition. Get better grades. Get that extra degree. You must excel, you don’t have an option. Accept this reality and react in a masculine manner. If your plan is to conform to the workplace, get drunk with non-christian coworkers, and become a secularist, then you need to grow a pair and stick to the character you know is right.

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Tip #2 (Interview): Be wise in speaking about your future plans. In a post-Christian world where it is normal for millennials to get married in your mid to late 30s it is a liability to hire someone who they think will get married, have kids, and not be able to work 60+ hours a week. So, don’t lie, but try not to mention future family goals when asked. Keep future discussions confined to professional goals (becoming a partner, manager, etc.). I have been laughed at in interviews for unashamedly saying that my future consisted of children. Goals like this are laughable to secular society.  If it wasn’t for a gracious higher-up who was willing to take me aside and tell me he wouldn’t tell anyone about my familial goals, I don’t think I would have a job. The prevailing secular culture puts the family and Christian tradition second.

Tip #3 (On the Job): Master ‘Brevity’ and ‘Joy.’ Be a brief and joyful person. Why? Because Woke-ism, secularizations, and a general disdain for masculine traits are going to be the law of the land. As a simple rule, humans tend to look for common ground with one another and humans are naturally religious. Realize that you are in a post-Christian church, you’re a heretic, and you need to avoid ex-communication. If you get into the habit of having long conversations with non-christian co-workers it will naturally come out that you aren’t a part of the post-Christian culture, post-Christian church discipline will then ensue. This can happen by omission, e.g. not agreeing with something said about Trump, feminism, or BLM, or if your natural disposition is to have a backbone, it’ll come out by explicit mention. Brevity and joy serve the purpose of keeping every interaction as refreshing as a first impression. This may also be the way of evangelism. Having joy and leading by example are the safe way to evangelize in this culture.

Tip #4: If you share your opinions on social media, DO NOT let any coworkers be your friend or follow you. I made this mistake and I am still paying for it to this day. If you unfriend them, you’ve just caused a problem, if you share a mainline Christian or protestant opinion your non-christian coworker doesn’t like, a covert operation to get you fired may ensue. If you block them from seeing your posts, most notice that too. Just don’t do it.

Tip #5: Seek common ground in a guerilla fashion. It’s imperative that you be as cunning as a serpent in this process. I’ve often been able to detect common ground from seeing a sticker on a water bottle, noticing the common use of language I recognize from different intellectual subcultures; Christianity, conservatism, Protestantism, Podcasts, etc. Begin to build a network as this will provide security against cancellation and a small group to find possible Plan B’s if you are canceled.

Remember that higher-up that kept me from getting canned? I noticed his college degree on the wall was from the same college as mine, his screensaver was of his kids, and his tattoos implied a certain cultural upbringing. I was able to conclude that we shared similar family values and that he wasn’t a part of the post-Christianity the other interviewers subscribed to, in turn, he kept me from getting fired.

Tip #6: Spend much less money thank you make. Read Masc #46 with good suggestions on how to do this. Be frugal and prepare to be canceled if the time comes when you have to make a stand. Learn every aspect of the job, become valuable, and aim to be ready with the knowledge to start your own business if you can last three years.

I know this all wreaks of paranoia, and I wish that were true, but that fact of the matter is that American Christianity is not neutral anymore. We live in a postmodern post-Christian society. Jesus said they’d persecute us for believing in him, It’s about time we start acting in accordance with the times in which we live. I hope these tips can help some fellow pilgrims land and keep a good job.

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