By Rick Boxx
October 27, 2009
Trouble can come with staggering speed. For years, Ken Lewis, CEO of Bank of America, had incredible favor. He built a huge profitable empire and had tremendous power and political clout.
Then almost overnight trouble came. He had made many successful acquisitions over the years, but nothing near as political as the purchase of Merrill Lynch.
Significant losses, and less than full disclosure of Merrill Lynch's problems, forced him into defending lawsuits, government investigations, and brutal press. The trouble was so pervasive he decided to retire. Even after that announcement the government attacked his pay.
Imagine discovering that an employee is saying profane and derogatory comments about their work and you on Facebook. Many of us would probably dismiss the employee immediately, if we could.
According to The Kansas City Star, this happened to the Bargain Zone, a freight surplus store in Lee's Summit, Missouri. Jeff LeMasters, the office manager, learned, however, that they had no constitutional right to fight the worker's postings. Instead, they terminated her for another reason.
As an employer it's easy to desire to terminate an employee in this situation, but what would Jesus do? In Matthew 5:43-45 Jesus taught, "You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven."
Navigating the needs of your business, while loving your neighbor, requires prayer and discernment. True love may result in termination, but it also may mean giving grace. Sometimes resolving conflicts God's way is challenging. The ultimate goal is to love others.
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