They say productivity and busyness are the new sins crippling Christians today. Don’t ask me to define “they,” but I have heard that dozens of times. The modern corporate culture which countless church goers are apart of seems to demand a hurried and full life. It seems like every church has a sermon on the need to slow down and say “no” more often and remember to value relationships over projects and accomplishments.
Invest in coffee companies – that’s my advice for navigating this culture.
And though affair scandals are the, hehe, sexy sin to discuss, really the tendency to turn into a workaholic is the more common issue. I know lately it feels like one of mine, I haven’t read any blogs lately and I’m too worn out at the end of the day to write my own. (That’s my passive apology for not being on top of the Charlie’s Church of Christ game lately.)
But my question is – don’t we have it better than anyone ever has in history? So why are we so busy? I mean I stick my clothing in a machine that washes them. I’ve been in Guatemala and watched people carry their laundry to the lake to clean them. It wasn’t exactly a quick process. Not to mention we buy so many premade ingredients to make our meals they are made quicker and easier than ever.
We drive in cars to get where we need to go. So what the heck is occupying all of our time?
I think the busyness of our culture is why we segregate faith. We speak of our work life, our family life, our recreational life, and our Christian life. Now more than ever we live life divided, and so it’s only natural that we can easily make a category for our faith.
I didn’t start this post with this intention, but this connects beautifully with my on-going series about sermons. We go to church and hear the sermon to satisfy our faith life, and we maybe even go to a small group on Tuesdays, but it’s easily disconnected from our other lives. I think how we frame what we do as “church” and by default all other things are not “church” only perpetuates the different lives we have. We may see our faith life happening everyday but just being with fellow believers – we may see church happening several times a day rather than once a week.
Why do you think we so easily compartmentalize faith? How can we avoid this pitfall?