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Saturday, November 04, 2006 

Keep the Sabbath Wholly
Topic: Theology

Terrific post on the Sabbath. As one who both values the GTD productivity lifestyle and Reformed theology, these two vectors come to a head on Sundays. Jonathan notes,
Keeping the Sabbath, then, has exposed my idol of productivity and ambition. All of my hope is pinned on my ability to get a lot done and juggle as many things as possible. The obsession with productivity is not just my problem; it's a distinctively Western disease. In the west, you are socially rewarded for how much you sacrifice (your health, your family, your sanity) in the name of productivity. It's a massive cultural idol. Keeping the Sabbath, then, is counter-cultural precisely because it declares that productivity is not our God. Instead, our God is YHWH, the triune God of the Bible who demands our allegiance over any job, any schedule, any ambition. I believe he commands us to rest one day out of seven because he knows our temptation to place our trust in our performance in our vocations.

(HT: Macht)

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