Editorial: Reflections On Vocation -- By: Stephen J. Wellum

Journal: Southern Baptist Journal of Theology
Volume: SBJT 22:4 (Winter 2018)
Article: Editorial: Reflections On Vocation
Author: Stephen J. Wellum

Editorial: Reflections On Vocation

Stephen J. Wellum

Stephen J. Wellum is Professor of Christian Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and editor of Southern Baptist Journal of Theology. He received his PhD from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and he is the author of numerous essays and articles and the co-author with Peter Gentry of Kingdom through Covenant, 2nd edition (Crossway, 2012, 2018) and God’s Kingdom through God’s Covenants: A Concise Biblical Theology (Crossway, 2015); the co-editor of Progressive Covenantalism (B&H, 2016); the author of God the Son Incarnate: The Doctrine of the Person of Christ (Crossway, 2016) and Christ Alone—The Uniqueness of Jesus as Savior (Zondervan, 2017); and the co-author of Christ from Beginning to End: How the Full Story of Scripture Reveals the Full Glory of Christ (Zondervan, 2018).

The questions—What are humans? What is our value and dignity? What are we to live and die for?—are pressing questions today. Scripture gives us very clear answers to these questions, but our society, sadly, is quite confused. In the West, since the rise of the Enlightenment, we have witnessed a gradual departure and erosion of Christian theology and worldview. In its place, we have been captivated by various “isms” that have promised us “enlightenment” about ourselves but instead have resulted in darkness. For example, Marxism, secular humanism, existentialism, and postmodernism have all promised to deliver “liberating results,” but instead have led to a collective identity crisis.

The old adage has been proven true once again: “Ideas have consequences,” and really bad ideas have serious consequences indeed. In rejecting a Christian view of humans and substituting it for a mess of pottage, we have lost our bearings in the world. Why? Because we have cut ourselves off from our Creator and Lord, we have turned to understand ourselves by only looking at ourselves. What has resulted from such an

attempt is simply disaster. Instead of gladly acknowledging that we are creatures of the triune God, made for covenant relationship with him, and created to rule over the world for his glory as his image-bearers, we have turned from our blessed Creator and sought to substitute him for created things (Rom 1:18–32).

The fallout of not fearing God is that we have become fools, in the true biblical sense of the word (Prov 1:7). The attempt to understand who we are apart from seeing ourselves as God’s creatures and rejoicing in it, h...

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