Keeping House

Pastors, religious educators and denominational officers, take note: many people in your churches would appreciate a Christian explanation of household work. A big part of our Monday-through-Saturday lives is spent keeping our households reasonably clean and supplied with food and clothing. Granted, some streams of Christianity do give religious significance to these household activities: Seventh-day Adventists observe dietary laws, for example, and the Orthodox have periodic churchwide fasts requiring the involvement of many of the faithful and their kitchens. Homeschooling and the house church movement represent other ways of bringing Christianity home. There are many congregations, however, for which the Christian life remains a largely extradomestic endeavor. We worship, attend church meetings and accomplish acts of service not only outside of our homes but far from our neighborhoods.

 

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