/Secular. The Sacred. Dualism. “In the beginning God created the Heaven and the earth .” Gen 1:1. …and we have already agreed that: Everything belongs to God. “For from him and through him and to him are all things…” Rom 11:36.
And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him
who fills everything in every way.Ephesians 1:22-23, NIV
For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
Gal 3:27-28 KJV
divided reality into the eternal, perfect, 'spiritual' realm where God is,
and the transient, imperfect, changing, earthly stream-of-life.
is not just a philosophical or theological concept; it is a worldview that has its impact in the real world,
of work, politics, family life, church life
and in the very soul of society.
are inescapable in the face of:
Right and Wrong
Good and Evil
Heaven and Hell
Spiritual and Material
Heresy often springs from the elevating of one side as good and rejecting or minimizing of the other.
Things pertaining to the spiritual, eternal, and unchanging upper realm of God in heaven
Things pertaining to the physical, temporal, and changing lower realm of humans on earth
Direct church-related work
by missionaries, ministers, pastors, evangelists, etc.
Home, school, health services, business, marketplace, the trades, the arts, sports, government, labor, sex, money, etc
The Priesthood of all believers was a major issue during the Reformation (1517-1540)
This struck a blow to the clergy laity division
So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
“All members of the laos (people) of God belong to one another, minister to one another, need one another and contribute to the rich unity and ministry of the whole.”
Paul Stevens, The Other Six Days, p 64
But the Sacred Secular dualism has created a disconnect between Sunday and the other six days, Sunday being sacred and our work on Monday to Saturday being secular.
A proper theology of work provides a seamless connection between Sunday and the other six days!
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday...
Gathering for Faith Development on Sunday
Scattering for Faith Engagement on the other six days
among the people is:
“…the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,…”
until the whole people of God begin to see our vocation, in whatever sphere, as sacred and pleasing to God and an opportunity to glorify God by our good works or good work.