I get asked this question a lot. It’s not hard to see why when you look at the statistics. The unemployment rate for Christians in America is currently 3%, while the unemployment rate for the rest of Americans is over 8%. In other words, people who work in bars are getting jobs at twice the rate of everyone else! Don’t be fooled into thinking that because there aren’t as many job openings in this field then it’s not worth considering. I’m here today to tell you why working in a bar can actually be good for your spiritual life and how it can make you more Christ-like.
Can A Christian Work In A Bar
1. You can work in a bar, but don’t be available for the wrong things
You can work in a bar, but you have to be careful about what you make available for the wrong things. It is not wise to drink with customers or at work; staying late at bars is also unwise because it makes it harder to keep your job and your integrity. It’s important that you don’t make your workplace a place where you hang out with friends and family after hours, because this will take away from your ability to do your job well. If these are things that you feel called toward, then we encourage you to consider other options like working with at-risk youth or helping out on a short-term mission trip overseas.
2. Work in a sports bar!
Sports bars are a great place to work, and here’s why:
- Sports bars are a great place to meet people. Whether you’re working as a bartender or waitress, you’ll be around some of the most interesting and fun people in your area.
- Sports bars are a great place to have fun. You can enjoy watching sports while making money and maybe even winning prizes or giveaways!
- Sports bars are a great place to make money. They pay pretty well for such fun jobs!
If this all sounds like something you’d like to try out, then head over to your local sports bar now!
3. Work in a restaurant instead of a bar.
You can work in a restaurant. You may be around alcohol, but you don’t have to serve it. You may be around people who are drinking, but you don’t have to serve them. You can still be around drunk people—and yes, there is a difference between someone who has a glass of wine with dinner and someone who orders five shots of whiskey at the bar before passing out in their booth—but it’s not your place as an employee or server to do anything about that; if they’re falling over tables or vomiting on themselves and their friends, that’s their problem, not yours.
If you’re interested in becoming a bartender without serving alcohol yourself because of your faith (or simply because you’d rather not drink), check out [this article](https://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-be-a-bartender-without-serving-alcohol-212664) from The Kitchn which recommends finding jobs where bartenders make drinks for customers while they stay behind the scenes so they don’t have to handle the alcohol directly themselves!
4. Be prepared to say no and keep your integrity.
However, don’t be afraid to say no when asked to do something that is against your beliefs. Don’t compromise your integrity just because you need a job.
If you are a Christian and work in a bar, it’s important to keep your standards even if others around you don’t agree with them. You should be prepared for any consequences that may arise from saying no if necessary. If the owner of the bar or another employee asks you to work on Sunday when it’s not normally your scheduled shift, politely decline by explaining why this is important to you and how working on Sunday would violate your religious beliefs—but don’t make an issue out of it unless they try pressuring or harassing you into changing your mind!
5. Don’t let the bar life take over your life.
Don’t let the bar life take over your life. This is a temptation that all bartenders face, and it’s one of the primary reasons why many Christians decide to not pursue a career behind the bar. If you’re going to work in a bar, then make sure that the bar becomes just another part of your life. Don’t think of it as an end-all-be-all source of entertainment and companionship; instead, use it as an additional means to serve others through hospitality and good conversation. Be prepared to say no when asked if you’d like another drink or stick to water while on duty (or whatever beverage is being served).
6. Working in a bar can also be dangerous!
Working in a bar can also be dangerous! Alcohol and drugs are addictive, and they are risky to your health. They can make you do things that will harm your body and mind, such as:
- Alcohol poisoning. You may think that because you’re working in a bar, or drinking at home or with friends, it’s safe to drink all day long. But if you drink too much alcohol, it can kill you by causing respiratory failure or choking on vomit (or both).
- Violence against oneself and others. If someone has had too much to drink, they might become violent toward themselves or others—and there’s nothing fun about that! It doesn’t matter how nice the person seemed when they were sober; once they’ve started drinking heavily, who knows what could happen?
- Sexual violence against women
7. If you need to work in a bar, be sure you’re safe and strong and able to make good decisions!
- If you’re going to work in a bar, make sure you’re safe and strong and able to make good decisions!
- Be prepared to say no.
- Be prepared to say yes.
- Be prepared to say no to drugs and alcohol.
- Be prepared for the right people who come into your life because of the job—and the wrong ones, too! But don’t let them scare or hurt you; just recognize them as part of life’s experience and move on from there when necessary with grace, dignity, and wisdom (as much as possible).
There are some jobs that are not compatible with a Christian lifestyle. For example, if you work in a bar, then it is difficult to maintain your values. Some people might not agree with this and think that Christians should work at bars because they need money too. However, we believe that if you are following God’s plan for your life then working in such an environment will be detrimental to your faith and could lead others astray as well.