I moved to Washington, D.C. as a 21-one-year-old fresh out of a Christian college with a degree in public relations. I was naive, assuming that conservative and Christian and Republican were synonymous. Consequently, I thought that if I found my dream job, I would be fulfilled. After all, I would be working with Christians advancing Republican policies.
By God’s grace, my first DC job was terrible. I was nothing more than a secretary for a self-described political consultant who supposedly subscribed to conservative ideology, but I never really knew. All I did while he chain-smoked cigars was answer phones, run errands and babysit. And neither he nor anyone else in the office was a Christ-follower. I found myself leaving at the end of the day, reeking of cigar smoke and craving interaction with Christians. I had taken for granted the Christian family and college community back home, not understanding the role of church membership.
God directed me to a vibrant church community where I understood for the first time the purpose of the local church. Not only does it provide community, but a regular diet of biblical instruction, opportunities for service, prayer support, accountability and the constant necessary reminder that we are all sinners in need of grace.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Heather Cirmo
Heather Cirmo lives in the Washington, D.C. area and is a communications professional serving faith-based nonprofits, with over 25 years of experience.