Asking the wrong questions is like reading a road map upside down. You might have the best intentions, be exceptionally bright, and be putting forth maximum effort, but there simply aren’t any right answers. You are starting from the wrong point and working from a paradigm that is all wrong. It doesn’t matter where your starting place is – you won’t get to the right conclusion.
It’s not that having a full schedule is wrong necessarily. The Lord values work, and He values it a lot. We are to make the most of the talents we’ve been given, and part of doing so means that we are to be involved. My sense, though, is that the “love” part of my hate/love relationship with busyness is not so much about working as unto the Lord, but rather because of something else. Perhaps some deep seeded need that I am looking to my calendar to meet.
I certainly don’t like challenging smart guys like Zack Hunt. I mean dude’s got some theological chops, a big blog, he’s going to Yale, and is a good enough writer to score a book deal; I have a kind of ugly-but-functional blog my mom reads and a poorly-followed Twitter account. Still he wrote a piece over at Red Letter Christians on the inerrancy or rather, non-inerrancy, of the Bible that I found interesting and worth examining. Also, I was kind of bored.
There are few theological issues more important and more difficult than the relationship of the Christian to the law. In recent years in particular there have been a lot of conversations and controversies about the proper use of the law in the believer’s progressive sanctification. We all know we are justified by faith apart from works of the law, but what is the place for obedience to the law after we are justified?
Despite this desire to escape, to run away, Joseph uttered the last words they expected to hear, “Come near to me.” Not “Get out of my sight.” Not “I never want to see you again.” Not “Arrest and kill.” But “Come near to me.”