The Observer (Kampala)

Uganda: Miracle - Always Stay in Character

One week, and I have two examples of balokole dynamics at the workplace. One was about a born-again employer who happens to be the boss from hell. The second was about a born-again employee who had to be let go, because she simply was the staff from hell - as common speak is today.

It got me thinking about the time I looked for a house help and specifically asked that the maid be NOT a born-again Christian if possible, because of past, unfortunate experiences.

Balokole are the ones that will take their bosses for granted, after all, boss is a born-again Christian too; so, he should understand that I have to attend a lunch-hour fellowship everyday, overnight prayers every Friday, service every Sunday and middle-of-the-night prayers at the top of my voice.

And I thought it was just a thing about employees, until I was told about the mulokole kindergarten owner who is basically a modern-day slave driver, only that she punctuates her ruthlessness with intimidation using the word of God; sugar-coats inhumane demands on her staff with the occasional hand-me-downs, etc.

But even in the home, haven't you heard of born-again Christians who treat their maids worse than dogs? It is strange when we preach one thing and practise another.

It is important to represent Jesus correctly even at the workplace.

Don't cheat your boss into paying you for work never done, because you fail to strike a healthy balance between service to Caesar and service to God. As for the boss who forgets about fairness and justice when squeezing for your dollar's worth, remember the scripture where Jesus says, whatsoever you do to the least of my brothers, that you do unto me?

Are you truly representative of Christ? Is that the best way to talk to, or even treat your house help? By the way, there is absolutely nothing wrong with rebuking, chastising and correcting your subordinates - even Christ chastises us today as He did in the disciples' days - but don't allow to lose that ingredient that sets you apart as a disciple of Jesus Christ in the way you deal with people.

Stay in character always.

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