I wonder about Peter W. Marty's "Christian plumber" analysis (July, "A Lutheran Christian life for today: Column to focus on faithful living"). I've never heard a clergyperson object to being called a "Christian minister" and his or her place of worship being called a "Christian church." Indeed, by doing so he or she specifies that the activities of the minister and those within the church will be of a particular nature. Martin Luther thought it should be the same with Christian laity. For example, I would expect that the work and billing activities of the plumber would be what he would expect of a fellow plumber, á la the Golden Rule, and not the selfish ethic of an objectivist.
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