February 11, 2008

Women, Faith, Work, and Ministry

"It is the business of the Church to recognize that the secular vocation, as such, is sacred. Christian people...must get it firmly in there heads that when a man or woman is called to a particular job of secular work, that is as true a vocation as though he or she were called to specifically religious work. The Church must concern Herself not only with such questions as the just price and proper working conditions: She must concern Herself with seeing that the work itself is such as a human being can perform without any degradation-that no one is required by economic or any other considerations to devote himself to work that is contemptable, soul destroying, or harmful...He must be able to serve God in his work, and the work itselrf must be accepted and respected as the medium of divine creation."

Dorothy Sayers, Creed & Chaos (Why Work?)
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1 comment:

Mark Goodyear said...

I love this essay. Dorothy Sayers was really ahead of her time--and what she's saying here is still hard for a lot of Christians to accept. We don't serve by evangelizing at work so much as we serve through our work itself. We show up. We stay faithful. We excel.