This month, the WEA Business Coalition published a discussion paper following the Congress of Christian Leaders. Under the title of Compromised Christians, they point to 10 areas where evangelical Christians leaders have possibly, ‘internalised the mindset of contemporary capitalism’.
The first point is on the use of time. They say,
1. … live too fast. More is more. We are always busy (even if “it is for the Lord”). To be a workaholic is not judged a sin.BUT time is the currency of relationship, and Christians believe in a relational God. God made the 7th day as a day of rest, to protect families and low-income workers (Ex. 20:8-11, Deut. 5:12-15); he commanded that the land should rest every 7th year (Lev. 25:1-7); and he arranged rest for every 50th year too (Lev. 25:8-13). These commands are shadows of what is to come (Colossians 1:16). Christians should honour the Lord by expressing the principle of rest in ways appropriate to their situation, and in accordance with their own conscience (Romans 14:5), always showing particular care for the marginalised in society.
The use of time came up again on Sunday, when our pastor shared a video of an interview of Warren Buffett and Bill Gates, two of the wealthiest men in the world. Buffett gave a glimpse of his diary, which isn’t as full as maybe we’d expect.
I’m trying to think through how I spend my time. Time for work, time for family but also time for resting, thinking, time with God. I’m trying hard not to think I always need to be busy.
Incidentally, I think working hard and always being busy are two different things. You can work hard without having to have every minute filled with things to do.