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The great Reformation doctrine of "vocation" is needed today

Our Daily bread comes through "vocations"




The great Reformation doctrine of "vocation" is needed today

The practical reclamation of truth is not only a theological but also a cultural task. The church must stop being shaped by the culture and once again start shaping the culture. This does not mean that the church should try to take over the kingdoms of this world--that would mean more of the kind of cultural religion we have today.

For Christians to influence the world with the truth of God's Word requires the recovery of the great Reformation doctrine of vocation. Christians are called to God's service not only in church professions but also in every secular calling. The task of restoring truth to the culture depends largely on our laypeople.

To bring back truth, on a practical level, the church must encourage Christians to be not merely consumers of culture but makers of culture. The church needs to cultivate Christian artists, musicians, novelists, filmmakers, journalists, attorneys, teachers, scientists, business executives, and the like, teaching its laypeople the sense in which every secular vocation-including, above all, the callings of husband, wife, and parent--is a sphere of Christian ministry, a way of serving God and neighbor that is grounded in God's truth. Christian laypeople must be encouraged to be leaders in their fields, rather than eager-to-please followers, working from the assumptions of their biblical worldview, not the vapid clichés of pop culture.

Today's postmodern culture may seem formidable, but it is floundering and sterile, admittedly without basis and without direction. Christian culture-makers, whether as artists or as parents, do have a basis and a direction. Through their creativity, high standards, and sense of vocation, Christian laity, properly prepared and supported, may well bring back truth into the culture.

- Gene Edward Veith,  Here We Stand, Catechesis, Preaching, and Vocation (an essay from the book)



Our Daily bread comes through "vocations"

God gives us this day our daily bread through the vocation of farmers, millers, bakers, and — we would add — the factory workers, truck drivers, grocery store employees, and the hands that prepared our meal. God creates and cares for new life by means of the vocations of mother and father, husband and wife. He protects us by means of police officers, judges, the military, and other Romans 13 vocations of those who “bear the sword.” God brings healing not primarily through miracles but through the vocation of doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and the other medical vocations. God teaches through teachers, conveys His Word through preachers, gives the blessings of technology through engineers, and creates beauty through artists. God works through all the people who do things for us, day by day. And He also works through us, in whatever tasks, offices, and relationships He has called us to do.

- Gene Edward Veith, The Protestant Work Ethic, Tabletalk Magazine



"I am the light of the world" John 8:12