Christians in Public Services Who take an Ethical Stand

“You are the salt of the earth.” Matthew 5:13.

“In God’s great plan, every detail is important, even yours, even my humble little witness, even the hidden witness of those who live their faith with simplicity in everyday family relationships,  in everyday work relationships, friendships.  There are the saints of every day, the ‘hidden’ saints….   I am thinking now of some advice that Saint Francis of Assisi gave his brothers: preach the Gospel and, if necessary, use words.   Preaching with your life, with your witness.”   Pope Francis’ October 14, 2013 Address to the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization

Christians working in the public services (the doctors, nurses, teachers, police officers, those working in prisons,  those working in government offices at the national level and at the municipal level,  those working in courts,  the social workers  etc)  have a wonderful opportunity to represent Christ, transform the public service and impact society through their words and action.   They can become that salt of the earth that Christ invites us to be.   They can become the hidden saints that Pope Francis invites us to be.  Among other things,  this will be achieved if their daily work is driven by the Gospel principles: if what they do everyday at their their workplace stands out as a silent witness to what Christ and his Kingdom stands for.  Click on the link below to view a summary of such Gospel values:

The principles and values that should guide a Christian working in the public services:

  • The respect for human dignity:  Do to others what you would like done to you.  Do to your clients what you would like somebody to do to you if you were a client.  Show respect all your clients, including the poor.
  • The service of others:   Be a person who is inspired by the service of others, and not self service.    Put energy into your work even if others at your workplace are lazy and not committed.
  • Integrity in the stewardship of public resources:   Resist the public service greed.  Do not get involved in the practice of offering service only to those who have bribed you as a public servant.   Ensure that there is no corruption in the award of tenders and workplace promotions.  Do not be afraid to be a whistle blower.
  • The respect for human life  from the moment of conception.
  • The option for the poor:  Ensure that the decisions made by your office take into consideration the needs of the poor and the weak.
  • The common good:   Work for the society where the basic needs of all, especially the poorest, receive priority over the extravagant needs of the few.   Ensure that the decisions made by your office serve the good of all, and not just the good of the powerful few in the business sector and political sector.
  • The care of God’s creation and recognizing its glory:  Ensure that your workplace reduces its carbon footprint.  Reduce waste.  Recycle waste.  Reduce the electricity bills and water bills to save energy and water.
  • Visibility of your faith:  Do not be afraid to wear your rosary and your cross to show others that you are a Christian.   “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lamp stand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.…”  Matthew 5: 14-15

If you believe in these principles above, we invite you to make a promise to God to put them into action in your workplace.   We have condensed the principles above into ten promises.   You can view the ten promises below.   If you decide to make the ten promises,  we would like to know you so that we can occasionally send you material for inspiration.    Fill up the form below to send us your details.

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I make ten promises to God:

  1. to show respect to all my clients, especially the poor, the women, the foreigners, the disabled, the old people and most vulnerable in the society
  2. to work hard in my workplace even if others are lazy and not committed
  3. to ensure that I am not involved in the practice of receiving and demanding bribes from my clients and my workmates.
  4. to challenge those in my office who are involved in bribery and corruption
  5. to ensure that human life  is respected from the moment of conception.
  6. to ensure that the policy decisions made by my office take into consideration the needs of the poor and the weak.
  7. to encourage others in my workplace and in my household to reduce our carbon footprint:   Reduce amount of paper we use in the office.  Recycle our waste.  Switch off electricity and appliance when not in use.  Save water.
  8. to wear something (cross, rosary etc) that tell others that I am a Christian.
  9. to say a prayer every day for the poor that I am serving through my office
  10. to encourage other Christians to make a similar promise.

I decide to bring Christ to work so that others, especially the poor and the vulnerable,  can encounter His love and care: so that the public service should be transformed from self-service to pro-poor service.  So help me, God. Amen. 

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Pledges for Christians in Public Services Who Take an Ethical Stand

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  Komani Maswaganyi Maswanganyi South Africa
  Komani Maswaganyi Maswanganyi South Africa
  Bernadette Daries South Africa
  Nthabeleng Elia South Africa
  Kevtest Kevin Ethiopia
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