Our Christian Calling
From the beginning of creation we have been asked to work the soil, make it fruitful, and gather a rich harvest for God. We are the ‘salt of the earth’ and ‘light of the world’ (Matthew 5:13-16), called to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19).
The Church: Gathered and Scattered
We honour God as the gathered church on Sunday. We also honour God as the ‘scattered faithful’ who follow Christ in our places of service from Monday to Saturday. Our calling to witness to Christ embraces all of the Christian life. The ‘sacred vs. secular’ is a myth that impairs the Church in her mission to proclaim Christ to the world. All of work is a sacred calling; all work that advances God’s redemptive purpose matters.
The marketplace (or workplace) is one of many spheres where the Spirit of God dwells, and where many of us have been called to serve as Christ’s ambassadors. It is the place where we ‘do business’, and includes all kinds of work that impact social, economic, and political life.
The marketplace is becoming increasingly diverse–racially, ethnically and religiously–with an ever-widening gap between the rich and poor. In place of the Good News our communities celebrate the autonomous self, promote an acquisitive and hyper-consumerist lifestyle, with a growing lack of regard for the well-being of the poor and marginalized, as well as the well-being of the earth.
The marketplace and the world around it has become an important mission field that needs to be sowed anew with God’s Word. A radically new world requires a renewed emphasis on our responsibility to witness to Christ, in both word and deed, and help shape and transform our communities by the power of the Holy Spirit. It is a responsibility that flows out of God’s self-giving love, and points to Christ’s present Kingdom-reign and the glorious future that awaits us.
As diverse expressions of faith and culture are brought to bear upon our communities, the implications to society’s overall well-being summon for a Christian response: a thoughtful, obedient, and public participation that expresses what it means to love God and to love our neighbour as ourselves.