Compromising on the Job (With Special Reference to Lockheed Martin Company)

Compromising on the Job

Compromising on the Job

(With Special Reference to Lockheed Martin Company)

Recently I noticed an article in the local newspaper regarding one of the largest employers in the county. The piece reads: “Lockheed Martin Hiring 400 to 1,000 Workers at September Job Fair.[1] This made me wonder how many workers are actually working for this gigantic company.

The Employees of Lockheed

One reference put it this way: “Lockheed Martin is an American global aerospace, defense, security, and advanced technology company with worldwide interests. As of December 2017, there were total 100,000 employees in Lockheed Martin, as compared to 126,000 employees in 2015.”[2]

Another source says: “Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 100,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.”[3]

As we can see, this is a gigantic company, especially in the North Texas area. About 100,000 employees are hired by Lockheed, far higher than most of the companies that the reader of this article happen to know about.

The Wages at Lockheed

The logical next question that arises: If so many people want to be hired by this super-company, what are their average wages? What is it that draws people to work at this place?

We find this as an answer: “The average Lockheed Martin salary ranges from approximately $38,959 per year for Customer Service Representative to $124,181 per year for Senior Supply Chain Specialist. Average Lockheed Martin hourly pay ranges from approximately $13.14per hour for Call Center Representative to $58.00 per hour for Senior Accountant.”[4] Most of our readers would find the wages to be desirable—from $38,000 a year to $124,000 a year!

Another source has this as an answer about the Lockheed wages: “Lockheed Martin Corp pays its employees an average of $77,573 a year. Salaries at Lockheed Martin Corp range from an average of $53,397 to $125,804 a year.”[5]

If you happen to have a low-wage job, these wages at Lockheed would surely be desirable! Consider this as you remember your own yearly income.

But is it Worth Working for a government contractor of Fighter Planes?

As most of you know, Lockheed builds fighter planes for the military. It not only supplies such fighting equipment for the United States but for many other foreign military establishments as well. It is well-known around the world.

Probably many of our readers don’t even consider what their employer does, what they build, and what their purpose is on earth. They are merely interested in their pay checks and the benefits package that comes along with the work. They are interested in their vacations, their fringe-benefits, their insurance, and their retirement funds. But is this all that the Christian thinks about regarding the job that he has?

The follower of Christ has much more in his mind than the average unbeliever does. The Christian asks such questions as:

  • What is the purpose of my company?
  • How do I contribute to my company?
  • What does the company build, produce, sell, or promote?
  • How does my job fit into the purpose of the company?
  • Do I contribute to the good or bad of the company I work for?
  • Would God want me to participate in the sin of the company?

When we look at Lockheed Martin and the business that they are involved in, it seems quite clear. The business of this company is Death!

In other words, when a company produces a fighter bomber or anything like this, the purpose is to terrorize those people to whom the plane is sent. The plane is meant to destroy, harm, maim, and kill people. The purpose is death and not life.

This being the indisputable case, what should we think of working at Lockheed Martin? If a person works at this company and helps to produce a military plane whose purpose is to destroy and kill, can the worker escape blame? Can one just say to God, “Lord, I just welded and formed the fuselage, the wings, and the cockpit of the plane, but I didn’t build the plane to harm people!” No, this sort of excuse will seem very lame on the Day of Judgment!

What Should the Christian Do?

Most people reading this will not be confronted with this specific example. Those who work at the local assembly and business location may need to face the implications of this article, but we are sure that there are thousands of other jobs in America and around the world that are problematic.

Does your company produce anything that promotes the cause of the military? (In fact, are you part of the military that has the purpose of killing and destroying?) Do you produce guns, tanks, planes, munitions, or anything else that has the purpose of killing and harming and destroying? If so, you know what God wants you to do!

We know that the principle here goes much wider than producing Lockheed planes. Suppose that you had to produce, transport, display, or sell immodest clothes? Suppose that you had to cut women’s hair short or give a bizarre haircut to a man. Suppose that you had to sell new cars—a Mercedes, a Lexus, a Cadillac. Suppose that you had to handle or sell wicked music CDs, TV sets, worldly movies, and the like. Suppose that you had to handle, sell, or promote Halloween or Christmas items. Suppose that you were a librarian and you knew that 90 percent or more of the movies, CDs, books, and other items you handle are worldly, humanistic, or profane. Suppose that you were called to build a Mosque, a Catholic cathedral, or a Hindu temple? Suppose that you worked in a bookstore and you were required to sell items, 95 percent of which are worldly and wicked?

As you can see, our point in this article is quite widespread. How do you or I view all of this, if we are Christians? If you do not profess to follow Jesus and His will, all of this probably is not a concern to you. In fact, it may be somewhat ridiculous. You are into your work to earn a living, to support your family, to build up retirement, and the like. The will of God and His truth isn’t a matter of concern. But if you do belong to God, all of this should be very much a concern!

What Do I Do Now?

If you are a follower of Jesus and have now become convinced that you should not be promoting death and destruction by working at Lockheed Martin, or if you are part of the military (the Air Force, Navy, Army, Maries, etc.), or if you work at some other questionable enterprise, what should you do?

This is not an easy question, as you can see. After all, you may have worked at Lockheed for 10, 20, or 30 years and have a sizeable retirement approaching. You may be near to retirement in the military, what should you do? Or maybe you are a manager at Amazon, Ebay, or Fed-X, and you now see that they are involved in anti-Christian activities.

Let’s keep this simple. If you do find yourself doing some sinful activity, including a sinful job, be willing to view it all as God does. Be willing to repent of your past involvement in all of this sin—regardless of how many years you have put into a questionable job! As Jesus declared, “Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness” (Matthew 6:33). As someone has said, “Do nothing that you would not want to be doing when Jesus comes!” If you would be ashamed of working for Lockheed now, be willing to renounce it now and repent of all of your sinful involvement. If it was sinful for you to be involved in any other activity or relationship, be willing to renounce it and seek God’s cleansing.

“Seek the LORD while He may be found; call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return to the LORD, and He will have compassion on him, and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon” (Isaiah 55:6-7).

If you have come to Christ in the past and allowed yourself to be sucked into a questionable job, seek His forgiveness and be willing to confess this before others. On the other hand, if you have never come to Christ, be willing to place your faith in Jesus as the crucified and risen Son of God, repent of all of your sins, and be baptized into Christ Jesus and His death for you (John 3:14-18, 36; Acts 2:38-41; Romans 6:1-11). You will also want to confess your involvement in this publicly, even for the benefit of others who might hear you.

Restitution is a principle that most simply overlook and we agree that it is a very, very difficult area. Simply stated, this means that one is willing to make amends for his past sins. He is willing to make restitution for his past sins, whether something that he did or didn’t do, something that he said or didn’t say. Just as Zaccheus was willing to pay back four times as much, so we need to be willing to “give back” as much as we have taken. (We have a separate long study on this subject, thus we won’t delve into this matter at length at this time.) (See Luke 19:8-10.)

But it becomes very practical as we examine this. We began by showing that one who works at Lockheed Martin may earn $100,000 a year. Suppose, after working there for ten years and have earned $1,000,000, and have earned a large retirement package, what should he do, now that he realizes that he has received a million dollars for sinning? In other words, the million dollars and more have been gained by sinning against the Lord. Shall he just confess this and quit his job, or shall he in some way seek to make restitution for the million dollars he has gained illegitimately? This is the difficult question. Instead of seeking to answer this at this point, we leave the question with you to ponder and bring before the Lord in prayer.

Now is the Time to Seek God’s Will

We began this article by bringing up the issue of compromising on the job. We do know that the society in which we live makes many demands that are not in keeping with the will of God. It would seem that on every hand, Satan is trying to make us compromise His holy ways and violate His holy will. The government graciously has made provision in some measure so that employers are not permitted to force a conscientious employee to violate his sincerely-held “religious convictions.”

So far, the Colorado cake-maker has been allowed to refrain from making a cake for sodomites—and this is good. But we don’t know what lies around the corner. We also believe that most other countries don’t permit this kind of freedom to object to immorality. Thus, a battle continues and may not end this side of eternity.

We urge all of you to always put God and His inspired Word first, before all man-made laws and regulations. Be willing to face persecution and all kinds of suffering for the Lord’s sake. It definitely will be worth it all!

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[1] Fort Worth Star-Telegram, September 7, 2018.

[2] www.statista.com/…/number-of-employees-at-defense-supplier-lockheed-martin/

 

[3] www.lockheedmartin.com/en-us/who-we-are.html

 

[4] https://www.indeed.com/cmp/Lockheed-Martin/salaries

 

[5] ttps://www.payscale.com/research/US/Employer=Lockheed_Martin_Corp/Salary

 

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