Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Theology Of Vocation

“If we do not have a theology of vocation we lapse into debilitating alternatives: fatalism (doing what’s required by ‘the forces’ and ‘the powers’), luck (which denies purposefulness in life and reduces our life to a bundle of accidents), karma (which ties performace to future rewards), nihilism (which denies that there is any good end to which the travail of history might lead) and… self-actualization (in which we invent the meaning and purpose of our lives, making us magicians).”

Paul Stevens, The Other Six Days: Vocation, Work, and Ministry in Biblical Perspective, (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans Publishing, 1999), page 72

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"In summary, God’s call is primarily soteriological rather than occupational-we are called more to someone (God) than to do something. Luther “extended the concept of divine call, vocation, to all worthy occupations” (Bainton, pp. 180-81), but he meant that the Christian is called to be a Christian in whatever situation he or she finds himself or herself, rather than equate vocation with occupation (Kolden, pp. 382-90)."

1 comment:

Scott said...

A post I worte you may be interested in, though unrelated to this thread: