Yesterday we had two fascinating lectures at Lakeside. First a neighbor who got her first work experience waiting tables at The Abigail (local restaurant, now closed) explained the Google culture where she now works in California. It was unbelievable. They can bring their dogs to work; they can get the oil changed in their car; they can bring their laundry and dry cleaning; no desk/cubicle is more than 150 ft from food or a restroom. And she added, the food is delicious and new employees usually gain the Google ten or fifteen. Workers have social clubs—gays, veterans, hobbies, work out gyms, etc. Everything is for the team, and the intention is to get more production from the employees. And if employees get burnout from spending too much time at work, a supervisor will add a night out with spouse or partner to their work schedule.
Then at 3:30 p.m. an American embassy employee (Pakistan) who is also a Lakesider and a Christian, talked about the Christians in Pakistan, a tiny persecuted minority. These people also live and work in a closed environment and rarely go beyond the borders of their ghetto. They are a persecuted minority and recently we’ve seen stories on TV about the church burning and killing. The police do nothing. When Pakistan became a country 65 years ago, Christians and the few remaining Hindus were promised religious freedom. But that began to disappear in the 70s and now there is Sharia Law. The photos I saw (of their ghetto in Islamabad) are worse than the poverty of Haiti. These people are descendants of the mid-18th century converts by the missionaries the Europeans sent. Christians are only welcome if they bring alcohol—Muslims are not allowed to buy it. Everyone has an ID card that identifies the religion.
It’s very difficult to evangelize for the Christian faith in Pakistan, as you can imagine. But it must be even harder at Google in California, where every need is met and you must be on the team or be out the door.