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Subtle Discrimination: “You Don’t Have What it Takes”

The Interviewer was seeking to eliminate me and, apparently, all others who did not share his faith

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When I left my first consulting position in Vernon, CT, I cast a wide net, seeking to land a job with a larger consulting firm in the Hartford area, or perhaps some place within a 100-mile radius. I was pleased to be contacted by Arthur Andersen Consulting, and looked forward to my scheduled interview. On that evening, I met a gentleman in one of the restaurants in downtown Hartford. He was staying there for a long time while working with a client in the area.

From the outset, he wasn’t as cordial as I had assumed someone in his position would be. He seemed to take an immediate disliking to me for one reason or another. A bit into the conversation, I understood what was occurring. He was fishing around to see whether or not I was the same faith that he was.

Adept at Discrimination

He was smart enough to not play his cards outright, but I was sufficiently aware to determine that he was seeking to eliminate me and, apparently, all others who did not share his faith. He was adept at discrimination, with such a subtle manner that one could never make the claim. In carefully chosen words, he let me know that I didn’t have “what it takes” to be an Arthur Andersen consultant.

Paradoxically, our discussion revealed, if anything, that I was abundantly qualified. Indeed, on critical consulting issues, I was more qualified than he. Of course, when someone is predisposed to discriminate in a job interview, it doesn’t matter how qualified the applicant might be. In this case, it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that I was better than he was; on some level, he knew this to be the case.

As years passed, I bore no ill-will to Arthur Andersen Consulting. Moreover, in my travels as a management consultant, and then author and speaker, I had encountered numerous Arthur Andersen Consulting partners and associates in my audiences. It is particularly rewarding to receive “raving fan” type letters, kudos of high praise from such individuals.

Gone and Not Forgotten

Arthur Andersen Consulting subsequently filed for bankruptcy following the fallout from the scandal at one of its major clients, Enron. Nevertheless, I proudly display such kudo letters when any consulting firm inquires about my speaking availability.

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Here’s What Life Would Look Like if Revival Broke Out

Imagine churches overflowing with people eager to worship and learn more about God.

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What would life look like for society if God brought revival? Probably something like this:

Imagine a society where every morning begins with families gathered together, reading the Bible and praying for guidance, wisdom, and strength to live according to God’s will. As the sun rises, neighborhoods come alive with the sounds of worship music, and the aroma of shared breakfasts where neighbors regularly meet to encourage one another in their faith and discuss the Scriptures. Schools and workplaces start the day with prayer and a short devotional, setting a tone of humility, gratitude, and purpose for the day ahead.

Imagine a community where businesses operate with integrity and transparency, prioritizing ethical practices over profit. Employers and employees treat each other with respect and kindness, creating a workplace culture that reflects Christ’s love. Decision-making processes are guided by biblical principles, and customer service goes beyond transactions, aiming to serve and bless others. Financial success is seen as an opportunity to give generously and invest in community projects, ensuring that no one goes without their basic needs met.

Imagine a government that seeks to uphold justice and righteousness, drawing from biblical teachings to enact laws that protect the vulnerable and promote the common good. Leaders at every level are chosen for their godly character and wisdom, dedicating their service to God and the people they represent. Public policies are crafted with compassion and a commitment to fairness, addressing issues like poverty, healthcare, and education with a heart for restoration and hope. National days of prayer and fasting bring the country together, uniting citizens in their desire for God’s guidance and blessing.

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Imagine churches overflowing with people eager to worship and learn more about God. Congregations are vibrant and active, with members participating in various ministries and outreach programs, sharing the gospel and meeting the needs of their communities. Sunday services are a time of joyous celebration and deep reflection, and the love among believers is palpable. Discipleship and mentorship flourish, with seasoned Christians guiding new believers in their spiritual growth. The church acts as a refuge and a beacon of hope, drawing people from all walks of life into a transformative relationship with Jesus Christ.

Imagine a culture where the arts, media, and entertainment reflect biblical values and the beauty of God’s creation. Music, films, and literature inspire and uplift, conveying messages of truth, redemption, and love. Social media platforms are used to spread positivity, encouragement, and the gospel, fostering a virtual community of believers who support and pray for each other. Public discourse is marked by grace and respect, even in disagreements, as people strive to see and treat others as image-bearers of God.

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Imagine individuals living with a profound sense of purpose and identity rooted in Christ. Personal relationships are characterized by selflessness, forgiveness, and a genuine desire to honor God in every interaction. Families are strong and united, with parents diligently teaching their children the ways of the Lord and setting an example of faith and obedience. People find joy and fulfillment in serving others, seeing their daily activities—whether mundane or extraordinary—as acts of worship. In this revival of biblical Christianity, life is lived abundantly, to the glory of God, and the love of Christ transforms hearts, homes, and nations.

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One Chapter In the Bible Explains EVERYTHING

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Does the Bible have anything to explain what is going on in our country right now? You bet it does! PolitiCrossing Founder Chris Widener explains the three things II Thessalonians 2 tells us will happen before the end, and as you will see, it explains EVERYTHING!

1. The Rise of Lawlessness
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