“We have a leisureless society of total work,” is how If We Stretch the Brethren Beyond Measure They Will Soon Break ends. Clay Workman commented, “I think that perhaps today we do have a leisureless society of total work, but that work has changed, and also the leisure. For work, instead of building fences and tending crops all day … we sit at a screen and input. Then, for leisure, we come home and sit at a screen and input.” He concludes, “We don’t have a leisureless society of total work, we have a featureless society of total clerks.”
It has a haunting ring to it, “a featureless society of total clerks.” Even the phrase has a feeling of lifeless boredom. We so desperately need to contemplate, to wonder, to think deeply and to listen to the Lord. Wonder brings a joy of discovery. Wonder brings a gleam to our eye and can leave us speechless and alive. Wonder is what gave birth to philosophy. Aristotle said, “Wonder is concerned with the first causes of what exists.” I fear that many are very near to losing the sense of wonder.
Mike Yaconelli in his book Dangerous Wonder said, “The most critical issue facing Christians is not abortion, pornography, the disintegration of the family, MTV, drugs, racism, sexuality or school prayer. The critical issue today is dullness.” He goes on to say that we have lost our astonishment so that the Gospel message is reduced to being okay and possibly life enhancing and can even make us nice. That is NOT the Gospel. I agree with Yaconelli on this one, “If Christianity is simply about being nice, I’m not interested.”