I know that for others this hasn't been the case: work is what the semi-Christians do; it's what you do to pay for gospel ministry; work is only valuable as an opportunity to do evangelism. As a protestant Christian, this is disturbing. My tradition has long valued work; there are numerous quotes from Luther and Calvin that support a positive theology of work. My tradition was at the forefront of workers rights and the movement for the eight hour day in the 19th and 20th centuries. So why have most of our churches forgotten what to say about work from a Christian worldview?
"I had a long discussion with a young pastor early this summer who was championing a strong Hauerwasian view, and it became clear that he had nothing constructive or encouraging to say to me as a professional or to any of the businesspeople or professionals in his church about our vocations in the world. The absence of any theological reflection on his part about work and vocation reflected the old dualism that has been at the heart of modernity and Christianity’s capitulation to it. It also rendered him mute to those looking for wisdom about how to live their lives in the world outside the church." - James Davison Hunter