Shedding The Yoke of Mammon: Economic Stress and the Gift of Sabbath, by Kenneth Barnes


Kenneth Barnes, with help from C. Sara Lawrence Minard, looks at how and why people feel overwhelmed by their circumstances, and subjugated by a vast, powerful and impersonal economic ecosystem. Change seems impossible in the face of embedded power structures, organisational resistance to change and the increasing constraint on employees’ time. Ethical behaviour, especially for large businesses, comes at a financial cost which they can ill afford. Employees, often lonely, especially if isolated because of their religious beliefs, risk losing their jobs if they challenge the prevailing ethos. Sabbath, properly understood, gives believers the tools they need to throw off the yoke of mammon, and take on the yoke of Christ.