This is not about Falwell marketplace faith. No! This is me thinking about the state of my personal marketplace faith. How wobbly I am walking, how low I may have sank. Yes, that is what has got me doing this. Am actually just thinking out aloud.
I am writing in the cloud, perhaps there are fellow pilgrims out there, facing the same battles. Praying and looking on to the cloudy heavens for help. That is why I am writing this in the cloud, for it to take hold of that one, sinking in the marketplace mire clay.
My earnest hope is that someone out there will also be a child of encouragement; a challenge to our faith, a marketplace faith leader.
Shortening The Distance Between Sunday And Monday Morning, Lest We Forget
Have you ever heard questions like these: How can we shorten the distance between what we hear on Sunday and what we face on Monday? How can we discuss our workplace conflicts in a church setting? How can we give one another the support and counsel we need to be faithful disciples in our daily work?
“The world will not judge the church on the basis of its statement of faith, but on the quality of its life.“
As a new decade unfolds, new HR jobs will appear, and some will disappear, (see Fired from your HR Job, it doesn’t exist in 2022 future). Have you also heard of some new roles emerging in the body of Christ? Occupation Pastoral Assignment Manager, Occupation Pastoral Assignment Engineer, Occupation Pastoral Assignment Director etc. Yes, the new nomenclature for Christians in the market place.
Falwell Marketplace Faith And Evangelicalism Has A Problem: It Is Called Evangelicals
Should I be worried about when I will get caught, or how cleverly I can continue, if I may ever be caught?
It is not a new problem. Evangelicals have been giving evangelicalism a bad name for years. The disconnect between the gospel proclaimed by some prominent evangelicals, and the lifestyle exhibited by them, sometimes is impossible to ignore.
The scandals associated with such names as Jimmy Swaggart, Robert Tilton, Jim and Tammy Bakker, and many others follow the familiar road of greed, sex and power. It’s not like these people didn’t know better. These are issues Jesus and his apostles addressed.
“Values are not what we say about ourselves, but the reason we live the way we do.”– Relevant Christianity
These moral failures point to an underlying problem that is not merely ethical but theological. The latest scandal involving Jerry Falwell Jr. is a case in point.
Between The Values Of Mennonite Economic Development Associates And Falwell Marketplace Faith
Falwell Jr. was, until recently, the president of Liberty University, which was founded by his famous televangelist father. During Falwell Jr.’s tenure, Liberty saw student enrollment increase phenomenally, making it the largest school in the country. Falwell’s name recognition has also increased in recent years, in large part because of his political activism. Falwell has become one of the most familiar names in evangelicalism.
When candidates in the 2016 presidential campaign sought the highly prized support of evangelicals, the first place they turned was Liberty University. Ted Cruz launched his campaign there. Falwell allowed him to announce his candidacy from the Liberty campus arena and even required the student body to attend.
Marketplace Faith, In The Face Of Politics, Standing Before Ceaser, Then Bowing Before Pilate
It looked as if Cruz had the inside lane on evangelical support but then, in an unexpected move, Falwell endorsed Donald Trump. Interviews followed. Speaking engagements. Falwell called candidate Trump “a man who … can lead our country to greatness again.” Photo ops with the candidate followed. At one point, according to Falwell, Mr. Trump discussed with him the possibility of serving as the United States Secretary of Education.
“It can be hard for a Christian to remain true to his or her moral standards in the marketplace. With its “in your face” sexual temptations, opportunities for cheating, emphases on ambition, money, achievement of power through domination and diminution of others.
If you endeavour to live as a Christian in the workplace, your morality will be tested on many levels. You will find it is easier to go along with the crowd, ceding a little here and there, until you don’t realise you have crossed the line. ”
– Relevant Christianity
Falwell Marketplace Faith And Liberty University
All I knew about Jerry Falwell Jr. prior to his highly publicized endorsement of Donald Trump, was that Liberty University had grown wildly in just a few years under his leadership. With regard to the academic health of the university, this seemed reckless to me. Then began the trickle of reports of questionable behavior, which grew into a stream, and then a cataract.
Mr. Falwell insists that he has been targeted by the Left because of his support of President Trump. I don’t doubt that he is right. He painted the target on his own back when he threw his support to Mr. Trump in 2016. But he has no call to complain. He is the one who gave his opponents their ammunition.
I Am Not A Pastor – I Am Just An ‘Occupation Pastoral Assignment Manager‘
I sensed there was a problem when Falwell defended himself against accusations of hypocrisy by saying, “I have never been a pastor.” He seemed to suggest that only pastors are expected to live by biblical standards of holiness. He has repeated this kind of thing a number of times, most recently around the time of his resignation.
Falwell’s misunderstanding exposes a theological fault that runs through evangelicalism. The false idea, as Christopher Wright puts it. That, “there can be a belief of faith separate from the life of faith. That people can be saved by something that goes on in their heads without worrying too much about what happens in their lives.”
“Christians in the marketplace are usually accountable to a Boss, Board or shareholders; regulatory and taxation authorities and to their peers and families. They are also accountable to their Heavenly Master.”– Relevant Christianity
This belief persists in evangelicalism despite the abundance of biblical teaching against it, in both Old and New testaments. St. Paul himself, who never budged from his insistence that people are saved by grace through faith, absolutely refused to divide faith from life. He characterized his life work as bringing about, “the obedience of faith … among all the nations.”
Falwell Marketplace Faith (FMF) Or A ‘What Will Jesus Do’ Marketplace Faith
Is there anything to define as a Falwell Marketplace Faith (FMF), or a ‘What Will Jesus Do’ Marketplace Faith (wwJdMF)? Maybe not clearly yet. But is there a divide between faith and life – whether in Jerry Falwell Jr. or in any of us? Is this one reason why so many people find it hard to take seriously the claims of Jesus Christ?
As Wright said, “the moral state of those who claim to be God’s people … is a major hindrance to the mission we claim to have on [Christ’s] behalf.”
“The obedience of faith” is not a matter for pastors only, as Mr. Falwell implied, but for everyone who claims to belong to Christ. The world will not judge the church on the basis of its statement of faith, but on the quality of its life.
Shayne Looper is the pastor of Lockwood Community Church in Coldwater, Michigan. His blog, “The Way Home,” is at shaynelooper.com.
Myfwl/Work Life Feed re-adapted the write up for our readers. Original script by Shayne Looper is available at Canton Daily Ledger.
Relevant Christianity was the source of Christian Values in the Marketplace and Faith Dilemmas for Marketplace Christians is from MEDA. The Shayne Looper write up or it’s re-adapted version by Myfwl has no link with Relevant Christianity or MEDA.
MEDA – Who We Are: Creating business solutions to poverty
MEDA – Mennonite Economic Development Associates – is an international economic development organization that creates business solutions to poverty. For over 65 years, MEDA has been creating business solutions to poverty that are sustainable, scalable, measureable and replicable.
MEDA began as an association of Mennonite business people who believed they were called to be faithful in generously sharing their abilities and resources. Continuing in that Christian tradition, MEDA welcomes all who share our values and want to join us in our mission.