Faith musings from the seat of a forklift.
Holiness is not a normative concept in a warehouse environment. You might get close with the concept of “Sanctified Excrement”. As I prefer not to use profanity on this blog, I am not translating that. However, the point is clear enough, you are not likely to find much of anything related to the concept of holiness when in a warehouse.
Does this matter? Maybe not, especially if you are not a Christian. However, for a Christian, a certain level of holiness should be expected, even in the rough and tumble, sin sick, world that we are forced to live in. To that end, the question that comes up should be of what this holiness should look like.
In the Lord’s Prayer, the second petition reads:
Hallowed by thy name
In modern English, it might be translated as “Holy is your name”. Interestingly enough, the Small Catechism says the following:
God’s name is indeed holy in itself; but we pray in this petition that it may become holy among us also.
How holy is God’s name? The ancient Jewish people regarded God’s name as so holy that they wouldn’t even dare to speak it. Additionally, there is a commandment against taking his name in vain. However, holiness is not much of a consideration today. In fact, not only do many modern people not regard God’s name as holy, they don’t even give proper consideration unto his title.
So, what does this mean? Simply put, God is holy. His name and title are likewise holy. As Christians, it is in our best interest to give God his properly due respect. To do anything less is to put ourselves, or something else, in God’s place, creating a false god, an idol.
However, if give God his proper place, which is rightly his, we must also acknowledge our own sinfulness. When we do so, and are penitent, have perfect forgiveness, and this through Christ Jesus. This is because Christ Jesus was God in flesh, who lived the holy life than none of us can live. It is because of this that we have God’s free gift of forgiveness, and the promise of eternal life.
Just was we shouldn’t seek to arbitrarily replace a supervisor, so too do we not seek to replace God with something else. Perhaps even more so, as God’s holiness puts him in a position that far exceeds that of any human being, regardless of how high up they are on the corporate ladder. To this end, we should live lives that reflect that holiness, not speaking evil against our supervisors, nor against the Lord our God, nor taking his name (or title) in vain. This type of holy living is what should be found in the warehouse environment, at least among those who profess themselves as Christians, not some sort of “sanctified excrement”, as is commonly found.