Workplace Theology?

It turns out that throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries, numerous business owners were not only Christian but promoted Christianity in the workplace. This was evident in the fact that employees were provided time during the day for bible study and devotion.

Also, during the same time period, business owners and companies frequently invited clergy to provide services as well as to speak at company functions. I’m reminded of a local minister, Dr. J. Vernon McGee, (1904-1988), who mentioned doing just that, almost every year, for some major companies.

So, what changed; the employee or the employer?

The author adds another note, explaining; “(I use the term “working-class” to mean those without a four-year college degree.)” I must rebuff his assumption. I personally know (or have known) plenty of 4-year college graduates that work in the restaurant and retail field, (and I don’t mean in the corporate offices either.)

I’m grateful that Haanen quoted Steve Job’s remarks to “do what you love,” because that’s sentiment is far from being true. Quotes and speeches like this always get the crowds going.

These people then spend four to eight years in college, learning to “do what they love,” and in the end might discover there are few employers interested in what “they (the graduate) love.” (Observation not judgement.)

There’s simply too much talk these days, like days passed, about employees and their struggle for happiness and faithfulness in the workplace. The problem with the faith and work conversation is that it is founded, I believe, on a false premise.

Create a work and faith theology for business owners, leaders and managers and then invite blue-collar workers to the conversation. Until this happens, blue-collar workers will likely not be interested in your efforts.

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