One of the purposes of our weekly sermons is helping people to develop their Christian worldview. There is always the temptation to look at things simply from a human point of view. When we look at the world in view of the gospel of forgiveness of sins through faith alone in Jesus, it changes how we view most things.
Our congregations pay some workers, but when they speak the gospel on our behalf, we refer to them as called rather than hired. They have some similarities to hired people, with salaries and benefits, but the importance of the message they speak makes us treat them differently.
The gospel also makes called workers look at things differently from the way the world does. They do not make use of all of the rights that workers have in our country. Lutheran teachers think that calling students to repentance and assuring them of forgiveness is the most important thing they do in the classroom. That’s different from how the world views the role of teachers. Pastors ask themselves how each of their personal actions allows them to present the gospel rather than turning people away without a chance ever to speak to them. That’s different from how the world views the role of leaders in nonprofit organizations.
Members of the congregation properly ask themselves how each thing the congregation does allows it to present the gospel rather than turning people away without a chance ever to speak to them. What activities of the congregation allow members to call people to repentance and assure of their forgiveness of sins through faith in Jesus? How do the activities of the congregation encourage us to do that in our families? There is nothing more important. That’s a Christian worldview.