Vocational Mobility vs. Community

In American society, the economic system gets the first choice of one’s gifts, abilities, and career. If Christians are part of the individualist American dream they are likely to be enslaved to this system. Thus many adults now move every three to five years, whenever an old or new employer demands it. They uproot themselves and their families from schools, churches, other neighbors, extended families, and local areas in answering the call of upward mobility.

How can our gifts be available to the church if we follow this way of life? For most people it probably takes several years in a church before they know others well enough for their gifts to be used fruitfully. Of course mobility is not wrong per se; sometimes the only jobs we can get require us to change locations, and sometimes moving is clearly right. But having said that, I suspect Christians often need to resist the pressure of mobility for the sake of community in family and church.

–Dick Keyes, Chameleon Christianity (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock Publishers), p 98.

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~ by toddbumgarner on September 3, 2008 12:22 pm.

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