Holy Callings

During the Medieval era, monasticism was held as the highest ideal. While the legendary industriousness of the monks was a principal force behind the culturative development of Europe, the practice of celibacy was a de facto denial of the normative goodness of marriage and the culturative commandment to fill the earth. Formal worship and prayer were seen to have paramout importance; all else was seen as a diversion from this “highest” of godly callings. The Reformation brought a strong biblical correction to the medieval understanding of culturative things. Marriage and and work in all its variety, having been instituted by the Creator before the Fall, were holy callings fit for any child of God to undertake. The sacred/secular distinction which as so important to the Medieval conception of society was abolished in the reformational worldview. Luther proclaimed with characteristic boldness, “It looks like a small thing when a maid cooks and cleans and does other housework. But because God’s command is there, even such a small work must be praised as a service of God far surpassing the holiness and asceticism of all monks and nuns.”

—David Hegeman

Posted on Monday, May 07, 2012 by Pastor Jerry Owen