Makes me want to leave…

In reading Jason Stellman’s blog I noticed a quote he put up. It is priceless.

“Sleep is a powerful seducer,” writes Tom Hodgkinson, “hence the terrifying machinery we have developed to fight it. I mean, the alarm clock. Heavens! What evil genius brought together those two enemies of the idle – clocks and alarms – into one unit? … For all modern society’s promises of leisure [and] liberty… most of us are still slaves to a schedule we did not choose” (How to be Idle, 4, 6).

It really makes me wonder. How much foolishness have we amassed in all our confidence in our own sovereignty? We are deputies over God’s creation, but not sovereign taxonomists dicing up God’s creation as we see fit. I have in mind introducing measured time. I am ignorant enough to not know what the history of the clock is, but late, hurried, and unproductive enough to notice our slavish obedience to the clock. Makes me wonder what Paul has in mind when he says:

5Conduct yourselves wisely[a] toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. 6Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person. (Colossians 4:5-6)

and

15Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 17Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. (Ephesians 5:15-17).

hmmm…. many questions.

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2 thoughts on “Makes me want to leave…

  1. David M. Richmon says:

    Danny,

    Good thoughts. I’ll be doing an exegetical project on Gen. 1-4 this summer, and I’m looking forward to tackling a few of the questions you raised, especially those pertaining to image bearing. Talk with you soon.

  2. brendan says:

    I’m pretty sure measured time is an inherit feature of creation as God made it—our basic clock follows the revolution of the earth, our calendar follows its orbit around the sun, radioactive elements decay in a time-based pattern, et cetera. Even the 10 Commandments set a schedule:

    “Six days you shall do your work, but on the seventh day you shall rest…”

    The real deception of Time is touched on by the end of your first quote: “most of us are still slaves to a schedule we did not choose” (my emphasis). As is often the case with sin, the problem lies in declaring one’s self an autonomous governor of one’s own time. What we need to be are stewards whose schedules are subject to God’s will. Obeying the clock is fine when that’s aligned with God’s plan, but slaving to one’s own frustrated demands is futile.

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