Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Will Work For...?

Zachary visiting the mini farm
The goal of work should be godly dominion. Work is not an end in itself, nor is the monetary income it produces the goal. The laborer is emphatically worthy of his hire (Luke 10:7; 1Tim. 5:18); work and pay cannot be separated, but neither can they be equated as though there is nothing more to work than its monetary return. In other words, work is an economic fact, but it must be more than an economic fact, there will be a decline in productivity towards the subsistence level. If men only work to eat (or to play), the meaning and the goal of work soon fades away. As we have seen, work is a moral fact, to be contrasted with theft. There is another contrast: work, true, godly work is productive, not destructive. If work is reduced to economics, then destructive forces are unleashed. Marxism is particularly guilty of this... A man when free from the corruption of modern humanism, will work in terms of God's calling, and under God, for his family, for his personal realization of his abilities, and more. ~ R. J. Rushdoony, Systematic Theology in Two Volumes, 1044f

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