The Faith and Work movement set out to do something worthwhile: encouraging people to think of their work as a vocation honoring to God. Unfortunately, it has really focused on the vocations of the creative class and other upper-middle-class professionals (like, uh, doctors) at the expense of blue-collar workers. Here’s a great story at Christianity Today about the need for a change and the people who are trying to change things:
This is precisely what we in the faith and work movement haven’t done. We were so busy trying to shape culture by influencing urban elites that we forgot about the vast majority of workers. “The idea that those with more cultural power are the more valuable members of society is a big underlying presupposition,” says Geoff Hsu, executive director of Flourish San Diego, about the faith and work movement.
Matthew Loftus teaches and practices Family Medicine in Baltimore and East Africa. His work has been featured in Christianity Today, Comment, & First Things and he is a regular contributor for Christ and Pop Culture. You can learn more about his work and writing at www.MatthewAndMaggie.org