Have you ever wondered about occupations, and how some are trusted more than others? Well this appeared on Facebook this week. It was with some joy that I noticed Ministers of Religion were rated higher than my previous occupation as a Bank Manger, 13th and 16th respectively.
I was happy that I was still a long way ahead of Real Estate Agents and Car Salesmen, but it made me sad to realise that in today’s culture a Minister, for one reason or another, are rated so poorly on the trust scale.
Nurses came in at number one, Pharmacists and Doctors equal at number two. This made me wonder if Jesus may have changed his statement in our Gospel reading this week (Matthew 9:12) to Nurses rather than Doctors when confronting the Pharisees.
I find the idea that some occupations are trusted more than others bizarre. What would it mean if a nurse decided to work for better conditions for their fellow nurses and became a Union Rep, they’d go from number 1 to 26 yet the person hasn’t changed?
All this made me reflect on Colossians 3:17 “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
Imagine if all occupations worked from this base how crowded would the number 1 spot be.