Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: SLIP OF THE TONGUE (01/26/17)
- TITLE: Fear Not Their Faces
By C D Swanson
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One of her colleagues—recently hired—started a lunch time game that brought horrendous consequences. The game proved to be detrimental for Sandra with repercussions that shook her to the core.
Sandra, a compassionate healthcare worker, possessed solid scruples that were grounded in her strong faith. She was a stellar employee that received daily accolades, from family members, who appreciated how she cared for their loved ones.
The colleague, Michelle…thought it would be fun to confront people in a truth or dare game during lunch. This game became quite popular, as more and more people joined in the daily ritual each passing day.
Michelle was very vocal about her political beliefs, and her opposition to faith driven individuals. It was a blatant account that was overbearing, yet welcomed by the extreme left winged employees. She started with a grotesque dialogue about the voting system, followed by an analogy of why “we” the people are hypocrites…which went into graphic detail of her distaste for the current President of the USA.
Within a short period of time…the majority of people sided with Michelle. Whereas the silent majority ate their lunch, their mouths moving only while chewing their food.
The day came when Sandra couldn’t tolerate it any longer…and complained to the Administrator. The young man was clear, “I will not get involved with their lunch time game. After all, it’s their own personal time, and their work isn’t suffering from it. If this was taking place on company time, and not in the privacy of the lunch room, during lunch…then I’d stop it. As it stands, I will not get involved with this. Besides, I do not want to stifle their rights and freedom of expression. Sorry Sandra…I’m not backing you on this one.”
Sandra realized it was an upward battle that at the moment couldn’t be won. The “movement” that continued, was harrowing in terms of chaos and discourse. The lunch room became a cold and uncomfortable place, it grieved Sandra’s soul. The day she couldn’t take it any longer remained in her mind, crystal clear.
The pungent stench of “death” suffocated her senses as she heard Michelle mocking God and America.
“We must stop those who preach and teach about a so called Bible written by some people thousands of years ago. This is a real world, and we have to embrace the reality of new times. That means all of the things that faith zealots are against. We must march, and fight them, stopping them at all costs. We must destroy, and use fear to hoister their thoughts, and take control and never let go of the reins in everything we stand for.”
That’s when it happened; Sandra felt a searing hot pain shoot through her body. It was as if a sharp object of fire pushed at her soul. Then, as suddenly as she felt the pain…it stopped! She turned and looked into their faces, without an ounce of fear. “I’m a faith driven woman. I believe in God, and I embrace His word. This is a free country and we’re entitled to our own set of beliefs. There’s no room for quieting any voice, this is a free country. What’s being discussed is the antithesis in which our country stands for. You’re going against those who don’t share your thoughts. You’re trying to eradicate views that don’t align with yours. It’s wrong! It should stop now!”
Michelle looked at Sandra and said, “You’re preaching about God?”
Sandra’s “Yes” came instantly.
That’s when the administrator shouted. “Sandra…you’re fired!”
Sandra spun around to look into his face in the midst of clapping and uproarious laughter.
“Lunch time is over, it ended about five minutes ago… and you were speaking about God in a place of business. That’s not allowed, and it’s clearly outlined in the policy and procedure manual. So, pronouncing your faith has now placed you on the unemployment line. Pack your things…I’m sorry but you’ve given me no recourse. Besides, you had a Bible on your desk as well, another violation.”
Sandra knew that God was leading her and there was something better coming. She left the building that day with heavy heart, but knew she did the right thing. Her tongue spoke truth and she’d do it again.
While scanning employment opportunities her cell phone rang. “Hello?”
“We need someone like you at our company…”
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