Church Guys Don’t Work

How many times have you sat in church and heard these words make sure he has a job, Or the preacher wanting support  says “ladies make sure you get a bmw” a black man working. As often as I have been in and around church I have heard these and other phrases used too loosely in reference to this issue concerning men and employment. One day coming home from one of these kinds of services I began to reflect and came to the realization that I could never remember the same effort put forth to promote, encourage, and motivate those men in church who do work.

Let me be the first to say I believe every man should be responsible and handle his business. The scripture say’s “if a man doesn’t work he shouldn’t eat” (2Thes 3:10). I will never agree with men who are not striving to support themselves and there families in some form or fashion (as long as its legal). There is a saying I can tell who you are by who you hang with and as I began to evaluate those I call friends and colleagues the majority of  whom are deeply committed christian’s,I could not think of one who was not employed. Where is the voice for these that don’t fit the stereotype?

With all this said it is so important that we begin to focus on the positive actions of males. This emasculation of men from the pulpit needs to be counteracted by celebrating the men who are doing their job. Think about it how many times have we heard encouragement from the pulpit for those of us who get up everyday and go to work and do what we have to do to support ourselves and our families. Lets begin to celebrate those who are doing the right thing so that those who are not can be encouraged to do it as well.

I disagree with the “bmw” statement. I do believe church guys do work. And if they aren’t working we must consider the reason that they are unemployed. And with the economic crises that our nation is in many who once where able to work can not find any employment.

I want to encourage every man who gets up everyday to support themselves and there families I commend you for a job well done. Your sacrifices and labor do not go unnoticed or unappreciated. Keep doing what you’re doing because by your actions you’re helping to kill the stereotype that church guys don’t work.


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4 thoughts on “Church Guys Don’t Work

  1. Very true Lamont, I have also heard “men it’s time to step up to the plate” but then the church never equips or teaches men what that exactly is. Manhood is a lost art that has been discounted as unnecessary and even bad. Scripture is important to learn about Him, but men need to be also taught manhood. Especially the younger generation. A passive christian man is ineffective in my opinion.

    Thanks for your passion…

  2. Thanks so much Lamont. This is thought provoking and definitely needs to be a discussion followed up by concrete plans of action in churches for several reasons. I believe that “Church Guys Don’t Work” also helps to perpetuate the “Superwoman Syndrome” where women are so fiercely independent that we do EVERYTHING for EVERYONE–even to the point of burn-out. Some of us then figure, “I can do bad all by myself” while others say, “You’ve got to have a J.O.B. if you wanna be with me” and still others end up taking care of grown men and thus emasculating them to some degree. This also leads to issues with submission in the biblical sense…
    Don’t want to keep going on but we are mandated to work by the Word of God. Proverbs 10:4-5 says, “He who has a slack hand becomes poor, But the hand of the diligent makes rich. He who gathers in summer is a wise son; He who sleeps in harvest is a son who causes shame.” And Proverbs 15:19 says, “The way of the lazy man is like a hedge of thorns…”

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