Sabbath

When I was a kid nothing was open on Sunday except church and the hospital.

Things have changed.  Now it’s business as usual on Sunday. 

I don’t favor forcing businesses to close on Sunday, but I do wonder what happened to our idea of Sabbath rest.  Has it been tossed aside in favor of capitalism, like so many other of our traditional values?

Instead of going over to Grandma’s house for lunch after church, now many (if not most) churchgoers head out to a restaurant after church.  Maybe they’re “resting” from having to cook and clean the kitchen, but what about the cooks and wait-staff at the restaurant?  Are we really honoring the Sabbath by paying someone to cook for us and to serve us, and preventing them from being able to go to church and spend the day with their families?

Is the Sabbath just a relic of the past now?  Should it be? 

On the one hand, observation of the Sabbath is arguably a cultic legalism eliminated by Christ.  On the other hand, a compelling case can be made that observation of the Sabbath remains important both as a matter of piety and because of the benefit of periodic rest.

I haven’t yet arrived at fully satisfactory answers to those questions.  But I can’t help wondering if the irony is obvious to those who leave a church service in which the preacher complains about the lack of respect for the Ten Commandments and insists they should be displayed in schools and courthouses, then head to Wendy’s for lunch before returning home to watch the NFL and NASCAR on T.V.

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