Some more thoughts from John Frame have been posted at New City Church’s blog:
Frame expresses a transformational view but he may be tip-toeing a little:
…if you are a Christian artist, car repairman, government official, or whatever, you should be seeking to do this work as a Christian, to apply God’s standards to your work. As Paul says, “whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
Frame writes broadly enough as not to leave much room for argument. But I think he leaves plenty of room for follow-up questions and discussion.
Sure, as Paul instructs, we must do all things to the glory of God. And yes, of course we do our work “as Christians” because we are Christians. If a Christian does something, anything, he’s doing it “as a Christian”. No “seeking” is required. But this doesn’t mean that the Christian has come up with a uniquely Christian way of doing it. The common activity has not become sacred. Frame doesn’t go here. I think he’s being careful.
Frame goes on:
A transformational approach does not mean that every human activity practiced by a Christian must be obviously, externally different from the same activities practiced by non-Christians. There is always a difference, but often the difference is that of motive, goal, and standard, rather than anything external. The Christian seeks to change his tires to the glory of God, and the non-Christian does not. But that’s a difference that couldn’t be captured in a photograph. When changing tires, Christian and non-Christian may look very much alike.
Again, he doesn’t give us much room to argue. If we change tires for a living, we may apply God’s standards by doing it right, not cutting corners, not cursing while we do it, and not cheating the customers. But the task is still common; there is no uniquely Christian way to perform it. If Frame is just talking about changing our own tires by the roadside, both Christians and non-Christians have the same motive, goal and standard of getting back on the road, making it home safely, and doing it well enough so it doesn’t fall off. We may still change the tire to the glory of God, but how is this transforming the task of tire changing? If the difference is internal and cannot be “captured in a photograph,” and if the process and end result look alike, then what makes it culturally transforming?