As the final section of Callings begins to descend to its end, the Post-Christian World is described further by a few more writers. One of these writers is historian and sociologist Max Weber. As Weber is not of a Christian profession, his views span across broader ideas of social actions that Protestants should be committing. This sociologist argues that "the asceticism of many Protestants, their opposition to luxury and ostentation, and their dedication to hard work contributed to the birth of capitalism" (Callings, p. 371). Weber furthers his focus point with a description of how this is, and how Protestants live their life. He explains how puritans avoid luxury and showy-ness by restricting consumption in a way where one uses wealth for the good of the community rather than personal indulgence or gain. As all participate in the economic system by working, and getting paid, this low consumption results in an accumulation of wealth, leading to corruption, and finally reform. He discusses different arguments and elaborates on the Puritan view that one glorifies God by working hard and at the best of their ability, regardless of the profession. Weber's focus of a more social stand point was refreshing when compared to the heavy and specific Christian perspectives argued throughout the rest of the book.
This passage from Weber is a shared point of view of how a Christian may live their life economically. Whether one likes it or not, money is a part of our culture and is unavoidable. It's what a person does with his or her money that makes a difference to God, and others. Though a vocation isn't directly correlated with a profession, most go to this connection initially. Within a profession, money is made. So regardless of the occupational path a person goes down, their vocation will be affected by who they choose to do with what they earn from it. In the case of the Puritan view, to please God, one must use these earnings for the sake of the surrounding community. This is the whole concept of serving your neighbor before yourself. Considering today's most accepted perspective of God's word, serving the world and one's neighbor is God's number one priority for his followers.
Weber provides an interesting element that goes into a vocation. Most readings from Callings emphasize on how to go about the vocation, and the details there, but in this reading more of the aftermath is considered. Just to clarify, a vocation isn't limited to an occupation but for the sake of Weber's discussion, we're going to focus on that. With my vocation, my intent is not to make money, though this will be necessary to maintain a living that I am comfortable with. With my intended profession as a graphic designer, I'm not planning on making large sums of money and living a luxurious lifestyle. With my previous beliefs and insight gained from Weber, I plan to uphold a comfortable living focusing more on necessities rather than wants. Whatever is left over I can use towards those who need it in this world, whether that's with strict donation or to help me to personally offer help. What I need to do is just make sure that I never forget God's intent for me, and follow through with the path that he has paved for my feet to follow.