Construction is a rough and tumble industry. On a building site you will hear plenty of bad language, you will encounter primitive working conditions, poor education and illiteracy
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Construction is a rough and tumble industry. On a building site you will hear plenty of bad language, you will encounter primitive working conditions, poor education and illiteracy, occasionally appalling health and safety (seldom great health and safety), racism, sexism and every other kind of unpleasant ism – by no means from all people or everywhere, but nonetheless frequently and in varying degrees that adds up to an awful lot. You will also find believers of all the false religions, modern occult and paganism, vague don’t-knows, and hardline atheists. Preacher, expect a rough ride.
Construction, lets be honest, has a terrible image. There have been many campaigns such as in the UK the Considerate Constructors Scheme to try and fix that. It is improving, but it is still painfully slow.
And yet, construction employs millions of (mostly) men who at the less skilled end might struggle to find work. Also, because of construction’s image, some people who are highly skilled in construction get looked down upon as if they have low skills a – bricklayer who can build a vault, a carpenter who can make beautiful roofs doors and gates, and an electrician who understands the voltages Z-values, phases etc. There are also many highly qualified roles in and around construction – architects, structural engineers. Despite its image construction is not for dummies. And we need it – look around you – someone built the structure you are in (unless you live in a cave!). The roads, shops, schools, homes, hospitals, offices, factories. It was all constructed.
There is loads of construction in the Bible, including detailed descriptions and specifications – the temple, the ark etc.
I know, after 9 years in the construction industry, and as a Christian working most days in the construction industry with a different two or three of over 50 companies each day, visiting two or three construction sites each week, that the environment can usually feel very intimidating to revealing anything about one’s Christian beliefs, let alone spreading the gospel.
However, do you think it was more or less easy to talk about the truth about God to builders 2000 years ago? Do you not think that back then construction was a dirty hard brutish endeavour that nevertheless employed all sorts of people – that it would not have been perhaps even a lot harder back then to talk about souls and heaven and angels and miracles to the men on a construction site?
Jesus Christ Himself had a background as a carpenter.
Jesus collected followers from every walk of life. Manual workers from hard dangerous industries like fishing, and educated people such as tax collectors. Jesus walked and talked and helped diseased and outcast people. He helped hated Roman soldiers, he loved convicted criminals even as He was dying with them on the cross.
So if you are a Christian in Construction, don’t be too shy. Sure it will be a rough ride sometimes. Being mocked for Jesus sake. However, I’d chalk that one up as a victory and a signal that maybe you are onto something with that person, you obviously said something that touched a nerve enough that it wasn’t just ignored.
Most important. As you set out each day, pray.
There is an interesting group of Christians working in construction in the UK. They are called the Corinthian Network. I don’t know much about them (yet?) so cannot recommend, but here is a link to them. Corinthian Network <– click