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


  1. I am convinced that God honors us when we honor him. While there may be costs associated with identifying yourself as a Christian lawyer, there are rewards that far outweigh those costs. You may lose some income potential, maybe even some opportunities for career advancement, but you will gain the joy of living an integrated life, and God will have plenty of unexpected career opportunities of his own for you. Don't hide your faith!

  2. Just posted some further thoughts on this on one of my blogs:

    Come on over and chime in!