One of the “objections” to Christianity, if it may be called such, that I encountered recently, was a fear that if the Christian gospel is truly believed and understood, one would be certainly called to abandon their career and home and move to a foreign country with neither running water nor electricity. A fascinating consideration, and a challenge too, I think. However, while there is certainly a need and a call on some individuals to such a ministry, I think it is also the case that there are many Christians who are reasonably justified to believe that their careers in business or medicine or the arts are also fully in line with an appropriate application of Godly principles of work and responsibility.
There are at least two perspectives on these types of jobs that I can see:
- Someone has to take on the responsibility of making money so that they can tithe and support the ministries both of the local church as well as the missionaries to far off places.
- There is something intrinsically God glorifying to this type of work. The making of money in support of ministries (local and far off) is a great benefit, but it is not the primary thrust and justification for the work.
Based on these two perspectives, I have three questions that follow:
- Do you agree with my categories, or would you add or subdivide or categorize the perspectives differently? If so, how so?
- Which one do you think is a more accurate and faithful representation of the Biblical perspective? Why?
- How do you see and live out the interplay between your job/career/calling and your commitment to serving Christ and seeking to grow His kingdom? (I would love to hear stories and examples of what this looks like day-to-day in your lives!)
I hope to hear from some in the @Interested_in_Business group!