A Christian social worker, Felix Ngole, who faced the withdrawal of a job offer due to his refusal to “embrace and promote” homosexuality, highlights the importance of Christians standing up for their beliefs. Ngole emphasizes that failing to confront societal pressures may lead to increased hostility towards Christians in the workplace.
This article explores Ngole’s experiences and his call for Christians to assert their convictions.
Challenges Faced by Ngole:
Protecting Christian Beliefs in a Changing Society
Ngole grew up in Cameroon with the belief that Great Britain and America protected freedom of speech and religion. However, upon moving to the United Kingdom, he faced attacks on his Christian beliefs, particularly regarding homosexuality, while pursuing a career in social work.
In 2019, he won a landmark free speech case against his university after they expelled him from a social work program for quoting the Bible in relation to homosexuality on his Facebook account. Despite this victory, his views on homosexuality and marriage led to a job offer being withdrawn when applying to the NHS.
The Job Offer Withdrawal:
The Demands on Embracing and Promoting Homosexuality
After receiving a job offer, Ngole was informed by Touchstone Leeds, the recruiting organization, that he must “embrace and promote” homosexuality to be reconsidered for the role. Despite being recognized as the best candidate, Ngole found this requirement excessive and took a stand against it. His case now proceeds to an employment tribunal, alleging religious discrimination.
Ngole’s Fight for Justice:
Pursuing What God Instilled in Us
Motivated by a sense of justice, Ngole emphasizes that his fight extends beyond his personal circumstances. He believes that God instilled the pursuit of justice in all individuals and feels compelled to advocate for future generations.
Ngole argues that challenging unjust systems are essential, as failure to do so allows them to persist and eventually harm others. By standing up against discrimination, he hopes to bring about positive change.
The Adjourned Case and Minority Stress Theory:
An Unprecedented Legal Test
Ngole’s case was recently adjourned so that Touchstone could present evidence on “minority stress theory” as part of their defense. This theory, being tested in a UK court for the first time, suggests that LGBTQ individuals exposed to statements condemning homosexuality may experience stress and potential harm.
Ngole denies any hatred or discrimination and emphasizes that, as a social worker, he can display love to all individuals, even if he disagrees with their lifestyle choices.
Felix Ngole’s experiences highlight the importance of Christians standing up for their beliefs in the face of societal pressures. By confronting discriminatory actions and advocating for justice, Christians can protect their convictions while showing love and compassion to those they serve.
Ngole’s fight extends beyond his individual circumstances, aiming to create a better future for upcoming generations.