Faith at Work: Is it Legal?

2017 Orlando Work as Worship Conference


Court cases on religious freedom happen all the time. For many Christians, talking about Jesus or starting a Bible study at work brings up questions of legality. What is and isn’t covered by law in terms of religious freedom? In this 27-minute session, Kelly Shackelford, President and CEO of First Liberty Institute, explains the legality of Christians exercising their faith in the workplace.

Kelly Shackelford, Esq., is the President and CEO of First Liberty Institute. He is a constitutional scholar who has argued before the United States Supreme Court, testified before the U.S. House and Senate, and won three state landmark First Amendment and religious liberty cases in the past few years.



Kelly said that faith at work is not only legal, but it is also protected by law. The law says two things:
  • An Employer cannot discriminate on the basis of religion.
  • Employers are required by law to accommodate people’s religion, with the exception of if the action causes harm or hardship to others.  

Before hearing this talk, what was your understanding of the legality of faith and work? How did Kelly’s talk provide clarity?
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What fears do you have about faith at work—especially in terms of legal consequences?
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It’s a good thing for employers and employees to exercise religious freedom. How have you seen this a true in your organization?
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One of the ways companies can provide religious help is by hiring a chaplain. Does your organization have a chaplain? If so, how has the chaplain benefited the company? If not, how might a chaplain impact your company?
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Kelly specifically encouraged Christian leaders to think about how their companies could impact people’s lives for eternity. How could your organization operate in such a way that people’s lives are changed through Jesus? What practices or policies could you incorporate or advocate for that further the gospel?
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How do you currently exercise your religious freedom at work? What do you do or say to share Christ with unbelievers?
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Kelly closed by reminding us that we might not always have religious freedom. He challenged us to take advantage of the freedom we’ve been given. What could you do this week to stand up for and exercise your religious freedom?
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Religious freedom is an incredible gift from God. Not many countries can boast of the same freedom. We should seize the opportunity before us to make disciples in the marketplace. List out a few ways you could practice your faith at work. Maybe you could start a Bible study, pray for coworkers, or read your Bible in the break room. Pick one thing from your list to focus on this week and see God move in and through you. 


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