The Connection between Work and Eschatology

Dr. Vincent Bacote serves as an Associate Professor of Theology and the Director of the Center for Applied Christian Ethics at Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL. Last month, he spoke at one of the chapel services for Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in North Carolina.

Dr. Bacote gives an intriguing message about how someone’s eschatology shapes his or her mindset about the extent of one’s engagement in the workforce. He highlights the two main positions: he calls one The Messianic Temptation, and the other is the temptation to meaninglessness. For Dr. Bacote, those two views represent the two extremes of the pendulum.

During his address, Dr. Bacote illustrates that the way one moves past the above two temptations necessitates embracing the already and not yet aspects of the Kingdom of God. He never uses that terminology, but it lies underneath the subtext of his comments. Sometimes we will see a measure of influence for the better in this life through our work. At other times, there may be no discernible impact at all. There is plenty of wisdom in this message.


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