We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine

The Clock and the Weakening of God’s Supremacy

Do you ever wonder why the clock was invented? It’s had quite the influence in the world.

Neil Postman, author of Amusing Ourselves to Death, comments on Lewis Mumford’s theory that “beginning in the fourteenth century, the clock made us into time-keepers, and then time-savers, and now time-servers.”

Now before we completely assault the clock, there are certainly advantages to having a time system. Scheduling flights, administering medication, and scheduling events–all need the discipline of time.

God Himself created day and night and times and seasons for His sovereign purposes. But unlike the seasons the clock seems to have taken over more of our allegiance than we might realize. We’ve all heard that we are to redeem the time, but what are we to accomplish with our redeemed time? More time for golf, for sports, for tv, for video games? Is our technology actually robbing us of time . . . or perhaps it’s robbing God?

Mumford warned, that “with the invention of the clock, Eternity ceased to serve as the measure and focus of human events.”

Even Postman, himself not a believer, contends that “though few would have imagined the connection, the inexorable ticking of the clock may have had more to do with the weakening of God’s supremacy than all the treatises produced by the philosophers of the Enlightenment . . . the clock introduced a new form of conversation between man and God, in which God appears to have been the loser.”

So, are we redeeming the time by giving to God what is rightly His? Are we giving Him the first fruits of our time, not just in measured minutes, but in wholehearted pursuit of a relationship which will last through eternity?

Published in: on April 14, 2011 at 5:32 am  Comments (1)