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A THEOLOGY OF WORK, OF WORK & PRAYER CAMPING

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2009-04-10 12:19:04


A THEOLOGY OF WORK, OF WORK IN RELATION TO GOD AND TO BELIEF IN GOD

The unbiblical teaching in Ghana that people can leave their work places and attend prayer meetings while drawing salaries from the public purse or their organizations, drags the name of Christ through the mud. This behavior is not only unbiblical, but also unethical. The solidarity of God’s ordinance of labor with the creation order may be seen in its immediate connection with the Sabbath principle. Meaningful rest may be experienced by the creation only in the context of meaningful labor. One day’s rest in seven clearly implies six days of labor. John Murray, one of the Reformed New Testament scholars writes, “The stress laid upon the six days of labor needs to be duly appreciated. The divine ordinance is not simply that of labor; it is labor with constancy.”

Work has a highly religious, indeed soteriological, significance in our secular society. The Jewish, Christian, and Protestant acceptance of work as a calling from and a blessing by God has influenced their attitudes to work. It is therefore not surprising that these people excel wherever they find themselves. Unlike Ghanaian Christians, these people consider work itself as a source of human fulfillment. The Protestant Reformers views of work with its emphasis on work as a calling is an accurate Biblical view. William Tyndale taught that there is no work better than another to please God; to pour water, to wash dishes, to be a souter (cobbler), or an apostle, all is one; to wash dishes and to preach is all one, as touching the deed, to please God. Luther taught that God in his providence had put each person in his or her place in society to do the work of that place. Therefore, we should consider whatever position God has placed us as a ministry. Failing to discharge our responsibilities dutifully and righteously in our secular vocation violates God’s ordinance. Will continue with this topic as time permits.

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