Don't get the wrong idea. Blue collar Christianity has nothing to do with what you do for a living or your educational background.
I understand that the phrase, blue collar Christianity, can be easily misunderstood without an explanation, so I want to break it down for you.
I have believed for a long time that real revival will not occur in the church or in the nation until it occurs in the hearts and minds of individual Christians, moving them to reach their spheres of influence for Christ, both inside and outside of the church. We are in desperate need of Christians who are willing to get to work, and maybe even get a little dirty in the world they wish to reach. We need intentional Christians who care about the mission of The Great Commission. We need followers of Christ who believe and defend the totality of Scripture and hold to sound doctrine grounded in Scripture. We need Christians who will hold themselves, their churches, and their leaders accountable. We need followers of Christ who refuse to compromise and refuse keep the hope that lives in them to themselves.
I call these kinds of people Blue Collar Christians—Christians ready and willing to roll up their sleeves and get to work doing tough, often unpleasant, unrecognized work, and to keep on going until the job is done. It has nothing to do with what you do for a living. Being a Blue Collar Christian is not about class distinctions, educational background, or job titles. It is about dedication and inner resolve regardless of background, education, personality, or occupation.
Being a Blue Collar Christian is about being Salt on F-I-R-E; that is a Christian (Salt) who is Faithful to the Lord and believes His whole word, who is Intentional about reaching his or her world with the message of the Gospel and the hope found in Him, who is Resolute in his or her mission and ministry, and who is Equipped for the full time work of daily ministry to which all Christians are called.
You know, come to think of it, Salt on Fire sure would make a great title for a book! But I digress...
I came up with the terms Blue Collar Christian and Salt on Fire (which really is the title of my next upcoming non-fiction book) as a way of helping everyday Christians intentional about reaching their world for Jesus Christ to identify with a common mindset, urgency, sense of calling, community, and dedication. So, whether you think of yourself as blue collar in everyday life or not, I hope you can identify with the idea behind my use of the phrase with regard to the ministry and mission of every Christian soul.
We truly need Christians who will spread the flame of salvation throughout their world. The time is now! I do not believe real change can happen without individual Christians intentionally engaging their spheres of influence, one on one, in real life, every day, in all kinds of circumstances. As important as the institutional church is and those who serve in the church professionally are, real lasting change will not happen in the church or in the nation without faithful, uncompromising, dedicated, everyday Christian people like you and I on the front lines carrying the Gospel message and the banner of Christ.