The radical alternative of Sabbath is love of God and love of neighbor
Sabbath is more than a command or an obligation…it is more than rigidly adhering to rules or purity codes…it is more than resting from busy-ness. Sabbath is a resistance to, an active subversion of, the busy-ness in our life and in our culture. We learn to seek covenant…not convenience.
Sabbath is about being more mindful…a “theological mindfulness” that allows us to subvert the very idea of productivity and efficiency. We step out of “manipulated” time and into Sacred time.
Sabbath is an active contemplation of our lives that helps us re-frame how we view the world and those around us. As we open our hearts and minds to God…to the Movement of God’s Spirit…we are transformed. Sabbath is primarily about preparing our lives for transformation.
Our desire for more creates a restlessness that can permit no Sabbath rest
We live in an “anxiety society” and a “consumer culture,” but in the Gospels we see Jesus become the embodiment of Sabbath rest for those who are no longer defined by and committed to the system of productivity, commodity, and efficiency.
What is Sabbath? How do we embody it?
- Sabbath offers abundance in a society that proclaims scarcity
- Sabbath tells us to pause in a society that promotes restlessness
- Sabbath offers acceptance in a society of heightened isolation and anxiety
- Sabbath offers release in a society that rewards control
- Sabbath promises wisdom in a society that offers consumption of knowledge
- Sabbath teaches extravagant giving in a society of exorbitant possession
- Sabbath teaches holy playfulness in a society of constant entertainment
- Sabbath promises neighborly compassion in a society plagued by homelessness
- Sabbath exhorts social justice in a society that creates radical socio-economic inequality
- Sabbath teaches neighborliness in a society that encourages community-destroying greed
Adapted from Walter Brueggemann, Sabbath as Resistance: Saying No to a Culture of Now