24/6Posted: December 4, 2012
In his new book 24/6, Matthew Sleeth connects Sabbath-keeping to social justice. Here’s a taste of a recent essay based on the book:
The Bible is about people trying to have a relationship with God while existing in a fallen world. Yet in our twenty-first century culture, we’re not content just to live in a fallen world: we’re putting rocket boosters on our backs to accelerate our descent. And because our relationship with God is intertwined with how we care for creation and for our global neighbors, when we don’t spend enough time with God, all our relationships are adversely affected. . . .
The Sabbath was not meant to be saved by humanity; rather, humanity was meant to be saved by the Sabbath. I know from first-hand experience. After practicing the Sabbath for almost a decade, I have seen how it has saved me from the disease of workaholism. It has saved countless numbers of my patients from the physical, emotional, and spiritual consequences of unremitting stress. If practiced regularly, the Sabbath can save you, too. . . .
Indeed, the future of our planet may very well depend upon Sabbath rest. The 24/6 life allows us to see the earth not as an object for consumption but as a subject for relationship. It reminds us that God made the earth to meet every generation’s needs, not just one generation’s desires.