This more comprehensive Christian vision of work emerges when the Christian considers the full spectrum of God’s unfolding action in the world, an action that began at creation.  According to Nancy Pearcey, “The Christian message does not begin with ‘accept Christ as your Savior’; it begins with ‘in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.’  The Bible teaches that God is the sole source of the entire created order…Thus His word, or laws, or creation ordinances give the world its order and structure.”  When work is rooted in creation the scope of work’s purpose begins to fall into place.        

Back to the question at hand, is Christianity good for the workplace?  To put it differently, is the Christian impact upon the “cubicle” a good one?  It would seem the Christian vision of work would be a warm welcome amidst the corporate greed and scandals that have beset the global economy.  Rather than acting out of self-interest, Christians, casting their gaze to others, might be exemplars for the type of work that brings about flourishing.  Workers would begin to consider not what job would provide the biggest salary or prestige, but where they could best serve their neighbor with the gifts God has given them.  Business decisions would orbit around what practices produce flourishing for humanity, not what boosts the bottom-line.  Far from ruining the workplace, the view of work that the Christian worldview provides precisely the kind of vision that the working world needs. 

Casey Shutt (PhD, Durham University) is headmaster at Morning Star Academy, a classical Christian school in Bettendorf, Iowa.

Publication date: June 27, 2012