When you leave work each day, do you feel accomplished in your efforts?
The thief must no longer steal, but rather labor, doing honest work with his (own) hands, so that he may have something to share with one in need. -Ephesians 4:28, NAB
We may not be professional thieves or bank robbers, but I believe that St. Paul’s call to honest work goes beyond that. He wants us to have a job that is morally and ethically sound, while still providing for us financially.
Do you cheat your customers or employees? Do you get rich off the misfortune of others? Have you cheated on your taxes? Do you pride yourself on manipulating the “system” for greater, but unethical, profits? Does your company engage in illegal activities? You may not be robbing a bank, but your work may be just as corrupt.
For some, leaving their job and finding “honest work” may have a large impact on their lives, but how can we call ourselves Christians and Catholics, yet still engage in questionable activities in our career? This is the very definition of a moral dilemma.
If you feel that the work you do is questionable, search your heart, spend time in prayer, and talk to a priest about what to do. In the end, you may have to take a chance and put your trust in God that He will provide. True, it may not be at the same level you are accustomed to, but He will provide nonetheless.
Becoming Christian requires leaving our sins behind, including in the workplace. Every aspect of our lives, including our careers, should reflect the light of Christ. If your job or career causes you to sin, then it might be time to find a new one.