Thanks for your question.
It sounds like you might know the answer to your own question. I believe where ever God places you on a daily basis you will have influence. You can have an impact in civil service/ government as Christian. I strongly believe that your behavior as person, will mirror your identity. Thus, you have influence!
Here’s what Ravi wrote to me recently about influence:
“ Sanj, the word itself comes from medieval Latin- to flow in, a pouring in, a stream. It has the concept of helping shape that one with whom you have contact. That’s why it ought not to be seen as just a happening, rather an impact over time and contact. There’s a difference between influencing a decision and shaping a person. A lasting influence, flows into the character of a person to create a mindset from which decisions are made. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus, says Paul. What the brain is to the body, the mind is to the soul. A true influence helps shape the soul.”
Here’s a great quote from Tim Keller’s book on Christians in the marketplace: “faithful work indeed means some kind of public identification with Jesus in such a way that a coworker might want to know more about Him.” Tim Keller , Every Good Endeavor
I believe the Christian shines through adversity.
Saved by Grace,