Sunday, September 20, 2009

Christian Legal Society and the Resume

Reading: 2 Timothy 1:8

Perhaps you've never thought about it but would you put your membership in Christian Legal Society (or any other "christian" organization) on your resume? However, as you being your job search the thought may come up.

Certainly, it would be easy to leave it off. You might even have a "good" reason to do so, maybe someone told you it would be better if you left it off. Maybe, you weren't very active so you don't think it doesn't matter if CLS is there or not. Or perhaps, you are worried about the reaction you will get from employers if you leave it on.

However, there are also benefits to having CLS on your resume. More conservative employers might be inclined to look at your resume. To many, membership in an organization like CLS means that you have values, morals, and principles. And after all, it is illegal to discriminate against someone because of their religion.

Is leaving CLS off your resume a denial of Christ? 2 Timothy 1:8 admonishes us "do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord." By specifically not putting a Christian organization on your resume because you do not want to be turned down for a job or because you do not want to field the questions that may be asked you are telling God he is not worth the effort. Everything you put on your resume tells something about you from your choice of undergraduate institutions to the other organizations in which you are involved. Why is the then the thing you are thinking of leaving off your resume should be the most important thing in your life, God?

In the end, whether or not you put membership a Christian organization on a resume is a personal choice and one only you can make. After all, in most cases, no one is going to know if you don't mention your membership. However, before you decide to leave it off consider what it says to God when you are more concerned about getting a job than you are about having a "testimony for our Lord."

Additional Reading: Mark 8:38, 2 Timothy 2:12, Matthew 10:33

Monday, September 7, 2009

Unanswered Prayers

Reading: II Cor. 12:9

Do you ever feel like you pray and pray for something, maybe it's a loved one who is sick or a problems you are having, and God never seems to answer that prayer? Perhaps, you then begin to ask "Why, God?" Why does God allow things to happen the way they do? Why do some people, perhaps those labeled as "bad," seem to prosper? Why do others, those who are "good," know only poverty and pain?

It is in the nature of lawyers to look for answers and as law students we begin nurturing that nature from the moment we walk into the classroom. From the moment we read our first case in preparation for that first class we are looking for the answers. We ask ourselves "What questions are professor likely to ask?" then we look for the answers to those imagined questions. As exams draw close we study for hours on end in an attempt to prepare ourselves to find the answer to the exam questions.

God, however, is not always looking to give us the answer. There are somethings he requires us to take on faith. As Christians we live by faith and not by sight. It is that faith that God is looking to instill in us. It's the same faith that God has asked thousands of great Christians before us and will ask of thousands after us. That we only trust Him and that we trust only Him. It is that same faith that God asked of Paul when he said "My grace is sufficient for you."

So, when our prayer for a loved one or ourselves go "unanswered" and we ask ourselves why God is refusing to help perhaps it is better to remind ourselves that "my grace is sufficient for you." It is at this point that God may be seeking to teach us that there is not always an answer and now is the time for us to learn to have faith in Him.

Additional Readings: Job 1-2, Isaiah 55:6-13, I Corinthians 1:18-31
Source: What Does the Lord Require of You? Advocates Int'l 1997. Ed. Lynn R Buzzard. "Cases Not Yet Closed" Alan Button