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-Breaking the Division Between the ‘Spiritual’ and ‘Secular’

by Dr. D ~ January 31st, 2011

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Here’s a link to a Christian Post article which explores some themes that I believe are critical for any kind of cultural revival of the American and Western church:

Tim Keller: Spiritual and Secular Jobs are God’s Work

Here’s the opening line:

Pastor Tim Keller challenged a crowd of New York City professionals Sunday to rethink how they view work and to debunk the notion that spiritual vocations matter more to God than secular work.

Here’s a notable quote from Pastor Keller:

“There is no menial work. Jesus came not as a philosopher, not as a general. He came as a carpenter. The Bible says that all works matter to God. All works. Not just works that make money.”

Response: Tim Keller in his teaching notes how the Reformation changed the Medieval perspective that divided ‘secular’ from the ‘spiritual’ when it comes to occupations in Christendom. Previously if one wanted to pursue God seriously then there was the priesthood or the monastery. However with the Protestant Reformation came the view that all Christians were really ministers- a “Priesthood of all believers”.

Beginning with Luther and then Calvin and others which followed came the rise of Christian businessmen and the perspective of doing work and business ‘as to God’. It really was a theological perspective that drove the industrial revolution and lifted the Western world into world leadership and economic domination. Some historically refer to it as the ‘Protestant ethic’ and it transformed culture and society also in the process.

Now in the 21th century we are back again to the point where the ‘spiritual’ and the ‘secular’ are separated once more in our culture. Where even devoted Christians think and act differently on Sunday at church than on Monday at work.

The ‘protestant ethic’ has broken down and among most Christians the idea that all life including work is to be performed ‘as to God’- to be dedicated to the Lord no longer dominates our theology. Lip service is still given to that understanding but life in reality is not lived that way at all.

Today if a Christian really believes that they are called to serve God meaningfully they become a minister or enter the priesthood or nunnery. The rest of us who work in ‘secular’ jobs are in many ways considered ‘second class’ citizens of ‘Churchianity’.

The ‘real’ Christian leaders are all professional ministers. It is not the way it is suppose to be and theologically there is no basis for it but that is really how it is. In the process work, professions, businesses, and even home-making are called ‘secular’ and therefore somewhat lesser. Very few in leadership will admit it but in many ways regular work is devalued in a current Christian hierarchical view.

Currently in the American Church there is an obvious division between the professionals and the part-time volunteers. Work and business is what you do only to pay the bills and provide money for offerings. It is in your free time that you are able to serve the Lord by volunteering to help in church programs.  At least that is the view that many in the pews receive sometimes by default from their Pastors.

People spend 40 hours or more a week working or in business but it is only the 2 hours spent helping with the Sunday School that has any lasting eternal value? This dichotomy has not served us well and it is past time for the ‘Good News’ to touch every facet of our lives including our work and businesses, and our families and homes.

It is imperative for all Christians to understand once more that each one is called into a ‘priesthood of all believers’ that in the Kingdom of God there really is no division between the ‘secular’ and the ‘Spiritual’. Every occupation one is called to is to be lived out ‘as to the lord’ and dedicated to His Kingdom and rule.              *Top

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