Religious Studies Paper on Sacred/Secular Divide

Christians and Culture

Sacred/secular divide refers to the distinction or separation between those things or places that people believe to be sacred and others secular. Many Christians have absorbed the thinking that our lives are divided into sacred and secular spheres. Most of these Christians do not want to conform to the culture of the different societies because it is secular. Moreover, they view the Monday-Friday secular jobs as an opportunity to tell their coworkers about the salvation of Christ. If Christians think that they are only supposed to share the Gospel at the workplace, then they will not be able to achieve the purpose of work (Kahn, 2016).

Application of Sacred/Secular Divide in Life

People often question my Christian life because of the type of music that I listen and the kind of books that I read. This is because of the existence of the Christian and secular music and spiritual and secular books. Furthermore, in life, certain callings are holy whereas others are secular. For instance, people believe that missionaries and pastors have divine calling while the businesspersons, doctors, and lawyers have an unholy calling. Certain places are also considered to be holy, for example, graveyards, seminaries, and church buildings while others unholy such as schools, stadiums, and houses. These distinctions create separation between different classes and groups of people.

Elimination of Sacred/Secular divides

It is important to understand the problem of sacred/secular divide intellectually, then move the truth from my head to my heart. In addition, I should understand the distinction in my life between righteousness and unrighteousness (Kahn, 2016).This could only be realized by obeying God’s commands and character and seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit by praying. I should also remember what is required from those called to serve in God’s kingdom by reading the Bible regularly.





Kahn, J. S. (2016). Other Worlds or Ours? Sacred/Secular/Gnostic/Modern. In Asia, Modernity, and the Pursuit of the Sacred (pp. 121-146). Palgrave Macmillan US.