A BIBLICAL VIEW OF WORK AND ITS IMPLICATIONS FOR THE AFRICAN WORK ETHIC / INTERVIEW WITH MUSUNGA MWANSA

Wrong Attitudes toward Work

All men regardless of their cultural perspective have a sense, perhaps even a belief, that they ought to work. But not all men and cultures have the right view and/or attitude toward work. There are those who will not work because they have placed their hope in magic to do the work for them. Then there are those who are held back from working effectively by a culture of laziness and the lack of discipline. There are also those who define work in terms of work rate-that is to say the amount of time and energy they expend on a given job but without any reference to productivity. Before I entered the vocational pastoral ministry, I worked for a mining company in which several of my work mates spent a lot of time at work (many of them even worked overtime) but they all had very little or nothing to show for their labours…

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