Wednesday, September 12, 2012

There seem to be "prophets" everywhere.

I just did a little house-cleaning on this blog removing some elements and then for the fun of it hit "next blog" at the top.

It can be quite fun to see what you get at random from blogger.

This was next blog:

What moves these "prophets"?

Perhaps Gene Veith gets at it here in the introduction to his current short article on vocation of ordinary life:

Many people today are bored with ordinary life; they want life to be extraordinary. Some try to escape their meaningless humdrum lives by keeping themselves entertained, by anesthetizing themselves with alcohol or drugs, by breaking up their marriages, or even by pursuing religion. They seek to transcend this world by means of spectacular experiences, whether pleasurable or mystical. Non-Christian religions, such as Hinduism or the New Age movement, often reject the material realm altogether. Even some forms of Christianity teach that we should separate ourselves from the world in order to be purely spiritual. In contrast, the Lutheran doctrine of vocation offers a spirituality of ordinary life.
In medieval theology, the word “vocation”—the Latin word for “calling”—referred only to the calling to be a monk, nun, or priest. These “holy orders” required vows of celibacy (not marrying or having children), poverty (not participating in worldly economic activity), and obedience (being subject only to the church rather than to secular government). In recovering the Gospel, Martin Luther insisted that having a family, working to make a living, and being a citizen of the culture are also vocations from God. All believers are priests. The Table of Duties in the Small Catechism refers to husbands, wives, parents, children, rulers, subjects, employers, and employees all as occupying “holy orders.” Luther worked out the relationship between the Church and the world in the doctrine of the Two Kingdoms, which emphasizes that Christians are citizens of both kingdoms and that God actively governs them both.
-- See full article here. 

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