By Holly Culhane
Having recently finished a book with a fresh perspective on the Sabbath, I was intrigued with a sentence early in the recent CT article, Spiritual Lessons from my Dumb Phone. It read, “Scripture commands weekly stillness — Sabbath”.
Fighting the urge to click next on the small screen in my hand, I continued. I nearly halted again, though, when I read this: “Christians should be marked by a sense of stillness, practices of stillness. If I am honest about it, I am terrified of being still because it quietly affirms that I am not in charge.” Ouch! Dru Johnson, the director of the Center for Hebraic Thought and a professor of biblical studies and theology at The King’s College in New York City, had my attention.
As I continued reading, I found I was drawn to the spiritual lessons he felt his dumb phone was teaching him and began to ask myself, “Is it time for this under-shepherd to dump her iPhone?”
Be still, and know that I am God.
As a fellow under-shepherd, I encourage you to take a few moments to read Dru’s thoughts and ask yourself, “Could I influence and impact others more effectively – could I be a better shepherd – if I were less connected to this device I think is so smart?”
Let me know what you think…