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What should I do with the Catholic image?

Submitted: 11/9/2007
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Question: I am now holding an office where the owner is a Roman Catholic. As I take charge of the office, there is a graven image placed inside the office. What should I do with this thing. Some of the employees here pray in front of this graven image before starting their work. I beleive it will be a bad impression for them if I do something with it. What do you suggest? Could this images affect our business?

Answer: When Paul came to Athens and saw all the idols the people worshiped, he did not try to destroy the idols; instead he used them as a launching pad for preaching Jesus Christ (see Acts 17:16-34). We agree that it would be counter-productive to simply get rid of this image. Some employees might be highly offended with you. Paul explained, 'We know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is no other God but one' (1 Corinthians 8:4). We believe that you do not need to worry about this image damaging your business. The world is full of idolatry of various kinds, and our calling is not to destroy the idols but to offer people an alternative: a relationship with Jesus Christ.