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How the Church FAILS Businesspeople

Recently published book from John Knapp (Excerpt posted at Christianity Today) highlights how the Church has failed businesspeople and what can be done about it.

"We should ask ourselves what is being communicated when a church allots time on Sunday morning to commission a short-term mission team for ten days in Mexico, yet does nothing to commission new college graduates for their careers in business or government or education. The crippling and unambiguous message is that ten days of volunteer work are more important to the church—and, by implication, to God—than a Christian's lifelong occupation.
Surely many of us have experienced doubts about the value of our own work. Pastors, too, have days of doubt. But let's be honest; it is much easier to find meaning in some jobs than in others.
I am reminded of a pastor who told me of a woman who suffered bouts of depression and marital strife. "She never smiled—always seemed bitter." He had counseled her on several occasions, but he never fully understood her situation until one afternoon when he stopped to see her at the poultry-processing plant where she was employed. Her shift was just ending, and she showed him the production line where she had just stood for eight hours gutting chickens with a knife. "Her work was grueling, messy, and smelly," he recalled, "and I realized at once why she had so little joy in her life." It is hard to find much redemptive value in repetitively cutting chickens or in hundreds of other jobs that must be contrary to the Creator's intention for human flourishing. There are well-paid lawyers and executives, too, who find it hard to see any divine purpose in their life-draining work.
By and large, the church is ill-prepared for the woman who wonders what Sunday worship has to do with her hard hours at the chicken factory. The tendency to devalue "secular" work only makes it more difficult to look to the faith community for support, encouragement, or constructive guidance. Read the rest of the article at Christianity Today. Or purchase the book at Amazon

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posted by Justin Forman | 8.06.2012 - 5:55 AM


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