There are many in lifetime ministry, where there is some attempt to follow God’s commandments, who have written on spiritual topics like this. I have been working in the secular world, where there are no rules.
Being unprotected by anything sane, I have definitely seen the worst, and the best, from those who do not believe in God. Behavior can be extreme in the secular world, and no one really repents. The upper class and the most educated have no reason to acknowledge any shortcomings, since that would tarnish their professional image. For those that work in this secular world, and are not under the covering of a church setting, this may sound familiar. Because there are no real rules governing behavior, anything may be permissible, since the ones causing the trouble may be the ones making the rules.
There are good authority figures, and there are bad ones. The goal of anyone is to succeed in their work environment. The first step is to identify the jezebel spirit, and determine how you are related to the person who has the spirit. Are they beneath you, are they co-workers, or are they above you?
1. If they are above you, you may be in trouble. In this case, you have to be very submissive and agreeable, even if they are totally wrong.
a. Document everything you are told to do. Keep records in case you are falsely accused, you may have some defense if there is an HR department where you’re at. If there is a reason to believe you might get fired, you may need documentation for the unemployment office to show that you were dismissed unfairly. Report all abnormalities to the HR department as you experience problems. This way, they are kept up to date. These jezebel supervisors will lie about you to get rid of you , and this might affect your career. You may need the HR department to give you a job reference, if the jezebel won’t do it.
b. look for a different workplace with a better situation. Be highly agreeable with the jezebel until you can escape out of there. Use a mild excuse for finding another job, such as “closer to my home.”
2. Coworker –
a. follow 1a. above
b. determine if the supervisor is an Ahab ( passive person who permits jezebel behavior) – if not, you are in luck. Report concerns to them, as well as HR. If they are an Ahab, you will have to tolerate the jezebel. The only good thing is that if the Ahab supervisor is so indifferent to the jezebel behavior, they will be indifferent to any fights you have with the jezebel as well. stay in close contact with the Ahab supervisor, staying calm and confident, and express “concern” when the jezebel is out of control. This way you make yourself look good, and cover yourself, in case the jezebel slanders you behind your back. Make sure you do a good job, so the jezebel cannot backstab you.
c. You can also get your coworker alone, if they are threatening you, and let her/him know they have issues which are being documented, and being prepared for HR evaluation. You have to let them know you have support behind you. Stand up to them, and do not take any abuse.
3. If they are beneath you. This is great. You can follow the steps outlined under identifying and removing the jezebel spirit. Click here to see how to identify and remove the Jezebel spirit.
a. document behavior, as described above.
b. if YOU are an Ahab, you’d better get someone else to handle this. If you do not get over your own passivity in the face of the jezebel, you will make it horrible for everyone in your workplace. Your lack of courage and resolve will cause the jezebel to hurt others. Make sure someone competent can, and will, handle the negative behaviors of the jezebel, if you can’t.
c. note the different responses as to whether you are in a secular setting or a church/spiritual setting.
d. make sure you are prepared to defend any disciplinary action you take. Keep records. They are vital, in case the jezebel accuses you of discrimination, or another false charge.
Author: Marianne Tioran
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