The Best Workers Make the Best Neighbors

From: The Washington Times. You can also see all the articles in their series.

As a boy, I remember hearing the heart cry of a restless generation echoing from my eldest brother’s high-powered stereo speakers. The words of pop singer Jackie DeShannon still ring with crystal clarity in my ears. “What the world needs now is love, sweet love; it’s the only thing there is just too little of.”

The world still needs lots of love, but the heart cry I hear from so many today is, “What the world needs now is jobs, sweet jobs; it’s the only thing there is just too little of.”

Jobs matter because they affirm human dignity and provide the economic capacity necessary for human flourishing.

The everyday world we wake up to is an economic world. We are confronted daily with global economic realities impacting our lives in myriad, often stress-filled ways: We may lose our job to downsizing. We may face unemployment or underemployment. The latest jobs report and housing starts immediately impact the financial markets, consumer confidence and retirement accounts. An unwelcome rush of worry ambushes us with the latest alarming headline.

How does Christian faith inform our thinking when it comes to our global economy and the economic opportunity of others? ….

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Topics: Common Good

About the Author

Tom Nelson serves as the president of Made to Flourish and is the author of Work Matters: Connecting Sunday Worship to Monday Work, Five Smooth Stones: Discovering the Path to Wholeness of Soul, Ekklesia: Rediscovering God’s Design for the Church, and The Economics of Neighborly Love: Investing in Your Community's Compassion and Capacity.  Tom is a regular speaker and facilitator on faith, work, and economics. He is also the senior pastor of Christ Community Church in Kansas City. He has served on the Board of Regents of Trinity International University and is on the leadership team of the Oikonomia Network. He graduated with a master’s of theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary and received his doctorate from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Tom and his wife, Liz, have two grown children and reside in Leawood, Kansas.