Today I opened the New York Times to find a little article by Notre Dame philosophy prof Gary Gutting on “What Work Is Really For.” At the beginning of his piece, I read,
We applaud people for their work ethic, judge our economy by its productivity and even honor work with a national holiday.
But there’s an underlying ambivalence: we celebrate Labor Day by not working, the Book of Genesis says work is punishment for Adam’s sin, and many of us count the days to the next vacation and see a contented retirement as the only reason for working.
This, of course, is not what the Bible says. And I pointed this out in the comment section. Many other commenters made the same point, but perhaps a few “likes” of my comment will ensure that a solid biblical refutation of the philosopher’s point will be seen toward the top of the comments list.