The Callings reading concerning Walter Rauchenbusch is the perfect example of people's struggles in the post-Christian period, which extends from the 1800's to the present. Since this period came after the Reformation, Christians believed that one's calling could extend to any occupation. However, they were plagued by a new problem: finding one's calling in a mundane, repetitive, and empty occupation. This included jobs like working in an assembly line. Rauchenbusch confronted this issue, declaring that since products were made in a deceitful manner (created more for the benefit of the seller than the consumer) and because people could not improve their craftsmanship in assembly-line-like jobs, that people lost interest in their occupations and began seeing solely as a means to earn a living rather than serving their neighbor. Rauchenbusch also addressed the increasing gap of income between the rich and the poor. He then declared that the industry itself is not evil and will improve if Christians work not for selfish gain but for the benefit of their neighbors in need.
The text relates to the issue of the Christian vocation in that in it focuses on modern issues and provides solutions to aid people as they strive to fulfill their vocations. It is simple to conclude that any occupation can be a vocation, especially if one has a job that is enjoyable, but Rauchenbusch points out that not all jobs are fulfilling and instead deprive people of satisfaction with their work. People often overlook this aspect of vocation, especially if they never toiled in such occupations. Since people can be ignorant, the text is relevant because it exposes people to other aspects of life, calling them to take action through service to their neighbor. Also, the text is significant because the solution it proposes: that Christians work through self-sacrifice to serve others rather than accumulate money for their selves. This helps drown out the popular belief that gaining wealth will solve one's problems, untwisting people's paradigms so that they can see reality as it is and respond accordingly.
provided me with insights regarding the identity of one's calling. It did this
by reminding me that not all jobs are pleasant, yet they can still be
meaningful if one uses them to serve God and others. This lead to another
insight regarding personal perspectives by showing that how one can change the
effect a job has on them based on one's intentions and responses to one's
situation. I then realized that although some jobs may seem very meaningless or
dull, that does not excuse people from making it a calling. Sometimes, people
have mundane callings that can be enriched by a change of perspective and
purpose. Every task can be fulfilling and beautiful if people offer it as a service
to God and their neighbor, even if that job is stuffing envelopes for six hours
or scanning documents into a computer to provide an office with space for
recent files. I will keep this in mind whenever I face a mundane task so that I
can serve my neighbor without succumbing to the misery that haunts such