Dr. Bush wrote this blog post on understanding the biblical dignity of work, and by extension, reading and interpreting the Bible in an informed and accurate manner. Bush first makes the strong point that as we read Scripture, we have to be careful to draw the intended meaning from the text and resist the temptation to read into Scripture what we either want to see in it, or what we assume it is saying. We must think carefully about our interpretations, and question our own assertions about what the text means. Second, Bush underscores the dignity of work, but warns that it is possible to go too far here. There are certain things we can do in our work to glorify God. There are also things we can do in our work that is rebellion toward God. Some work is dignified, but in this fallen and cursed world, a great deal of work is base, depraved, and rebellious.
Here is a taste of Bush’s post:
Reading the Bible gives some people many creative insights, and they often end up with some good conclusions, but their exegetical basis is at times weak, and they mislead people about what the Bible actually says and teaches. Creation is not “organizing chaos.” Creation is bringing designed purpose out of simplicity. There was no life, but God created life (a highly organized arrangement of simple substances, not chaos, is a necessary precondition for the chemical and physical base on which life can ride).