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How Should We Then Work?

December 6, 2007

Boundless is running one of my new articles on a redemptive approach to work entitled “How Should We Then Work?

An excerpt:

In many respects, work is the engine of civilization. Without work, societies would not perpetuate. Furthermore, if as Schaeffer argues, the rise and decline of civilization is intimately intertwined with the strength and weakness of the Christian worldview, then the labor of everyday citizens, which contributes to the quality of human flourishing, should be given serious attention. If indeed theological ideas have practical consequences it becomes us to inquire, “How should we then work?”

In response to this important question, I can think of at least four main approaches to work that should frame our theologically informed response. First, Christian work should be excellent work. Second, Christian work should be ethical work. Third, Christian work is a platform for evangelism. And fourth, Christian work should be done in reflection upon its essence, how it may or may not reflect the nature and character of God.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Mark permalink
    December 6, 2007 10:20 am

    I definatley agree that as Christians our quality of work gives us credibility in the marketplace in order for us to have a platform for evangelism and can be viewed as worship to our creator. I believe we also need to be careful though of quality versus quantity. Most businesses want both in order to increase gains which ultimatley affects relationships and as well as our relationship with God.

  2. Sara permalink
    December 7, 2007 6:58 pm

    I loved this, Jonathan, great work!! It’s on my FB page:)

  3. December 9, 2007 12:01 am

    A very helpful article.

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