Working in a christian place while being an atheist? - page 4

by mls4455

I'm starting cna classes next week and when I find a job i would like to find something close and that pays good. The best thing I could find in my area was a place called christian living communities, they start at 12 or 13... Read More


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    Quote from Midwest4me
    Well, speaking from a Christian point of view, IF you apply and IF you get the job, my guess is that God is truly LEADING you TO that job! He has reasons for all He does. May you hear His voice in the choices you make!!!!
    I'm sure you meant that kindly, but the OP has already told us she's an atheist. Even if you didn't already KNOW she was an atheist, this would be annoying but since you DO know, I cannot help but wonder why you would expect her to hear the voice of something she doesn't believe in. I'm not an atheist, and this annoyed me.
    elkpark, dirtyhippiegirl, and NayRN like this.
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    Quote from Midwest4me
    Well, speaking from a Christian point of view, IF you apply and IF you get the job, my guess is that God is truly LEADING you TO that job! He has reasons for all He does. May you hear His voice in the choices you make!!!!
    I don't mean to be rude do sorry of this comes off that way. But as a non believer I respect every ones right to practice any religion they choose and It's their right to have your own believe system whatever it may be with out others judging them or telling them their wrong. And for people like you to push their beliefs on others and disrespect their belief system is not in any way ok. You are exactly the reason this person is skeptical of taking a job at a Christian facility. We don't come up to your face and tell you god isnt real, don't get in ours and imply in any way that "god" has any part is her life or this decision. Learn to be more tolerant and accepting of different beliefs, and to keep yours to yourself.
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    Quote from Midwest4me
    Well, speaking from a Christian point of view, IF you apply and IF you get the job, my guess is that God is truly LEADING you TO that job! He has reasons for all He does. May you hear His voice in the choices you make!!!!
    I'm sure you mean the best, but that is condescending as heck. It's like me saying, "Welp, if you're going to take 2000 year old middle-eastern mythology as absolute fact, hopefully you'll just pay attention to the parts about love and foregiveness, and leave out stoning non-virgins and murdering the women, children and unborn babies of your enemies."
    honeyortar, dirtyhippiegirl, emmy27, and 1 other like this.
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    I'm a non-believer working at a secular hospital in an extremely religious part of the country- my patients and coworkers frequently make religious comments, specifically religious comments assuming that everyone present is an evangelical Christian, or if not needs to be educated and saved by evangelical Christianity.

    Even though in my private life I'm a very staunch secularist, it's not that hard to cope with as long as I remember that I'm there in a professional capacity, and that these are professional and therapeutic relationships, not personal ones.

    Usually a patient who makes a religious comment or request is really looking for something besides converting you- comfort, reassurance, community, support, relief from fear- and you can help supply those things without engaging them in theological debate. If they're very determined to talk about religion, you can always refer them to a chaplain, but in general, a smile and a noncommittal positive statement are all they require. Most of them won't even notice that you aren't actually saying anything religious, and since there's such a wide variety of religious beliefs and you don't really know what they believe in general I think it's wiser not to say anything overtly religious even if you DO believe it- platitudes like telling someone their family member is "in a better place" or that this is "part of God's plan" for example can be VERY upsetting if the listener doesn't agree with you.

    I had one lady who always said she wouldn't take her pills unless I prayed over them first. I don't pray, so I just told her I would hold them while she showed me how to pray over pills, and that made her happy. When patients or family members tell me that "God clearly put you in the right field" or "God is working through you" I take that in the spirit in which it was intended and thank them.

    It's really not that hard to work in an environment where you personally disagree with others as long as you keep yourself professional, and don't get drawn in to disagreements.
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    Quote from Ruby Vee
    I'm sure you meant that kindly, but the OP has already told us she's an atheist. Even if you didn't already KNOW she was an atheist, this would be annoying but since you DO know, I cannot help but wonder why you would expect her to hear the voice of something she doesn't believe in. I'm not an atheist, and this annoyed me.

    Thanks Ruby Vee, but I actually got a bit of a chuckle out of the statement and wasn't too offended by it.


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