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Scott P. Richert

Remember, Keep Holy the Sabbath Day

By September 10, 2007

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For Christians throughout much of the United States, the idea that stores, restaurants, and entertainment venues would be closed on Sundays seems like a quaint relic of a long-forgotten age. Yet as late as 1980, most businesses in and around my hometown in West Michigan were closed on Sunday, and many counties throughout the Midwest still restrict (or ban outright) liquor sales on the Sabbath. The rise of big-box stores (such as Wal-Mart) and chain restaurants had a lot to do with the expansion of commerce to seven days per week, but so did the increasing secularization of American society.

In Europe, though, secularization is much further advanced, and yet, in most European countries, most businesses are still closed on Sunday. Here in the United States, the closing of businesses on Sundays was enforced through "blue laws," which were primarily Protestant (especially Puritan) in origin, but in Europe, the Catholic Church has been the major force restricting commerce on Sunday.

Yet, the Los Angeles Times reports, "Austrian business groups have been pressuring the government to allow them to open shops on Sundays"--so much so that Pope Benedict XVI took special note of this development during his pilgrimage to Austria over the weekend. "Without the Lord, and without the day that belongs to him, life does not flourish," Pope Benedict declared, stressing the "encounter" with God in the Mass that keeps Sunday from becoming "wasted time that neither strengthens nor builds us up."

The problem, of course, is not so much shopping or even working on Sunday, but the fact that both activities distract us from our Sunday obligation. The bumper sticker may read, "I live to shop!" but man was made, not for shopping, but for worshiping his Creator.

Comments
September 10, 2007 at 4:22 pm
(1) Karen says:

One major problem is that Saturday is the Jewish Sabbath and compulsory closing of stores on Sunday makes it imposssible for Jewish businesses in a town or city from doing business if they are run by observant Jews. Muslims observe Sabbath on Friday. That would mean that Christian businesses were unfairly advantaged by having only one day they had to keep their doors shut and other faiths having two days where they could not do business.

Karen

September 11, 2007 at 8:55 am
(2) Sharon says:

I was talking with a c0worker who is a 7th Day Adventist, and he said that the Catholics practice incorrectly. He said the Sabbath is actually Friday at sundown until Saturday at sundown. He also said Saturday is actually the Sabbath.

April 24, 2011 at 2:38 am
(3) Peggy says:

He is absolutely correct. The Toman catholic’s changed the sabbath day to Sunday.

July 13, 2008 at 10:46 am
(4) Peggy says:

It seems like we have so much to learn! Keeping holy the Sabbath…we work hard all week, we play on Saturday and then Sunday seems to be the day that we clean up and get ready for Monday for it all to start over again. I am really looking for ways to make Sunday a day of rest and family time. Mass is a given for my family, but what then? I feel like we need to shift gears a bit and do cleaning, etc on Saturday and then breath a big sigh on Sunday of relief. It would give more time for just being together. That time seems to be missing in this society.

April 3, 2009 at 12:18 pm
(5) Kirk says:

The 7th day adventist is correct. Sabbath is sundown Friday to sundown Saturday, mirroring God’s creation:”an evening and a morning were a day,” and God rested on the 7th day (Saturday) not the first (Sunday).

Civil laws that force all citizens to follow these “church” doctrines – which aren’t even from the bible – is why Paul would write, “God’s name is blasphemed among the gentiles because of you.”

If you’re gonna make up rules and force non-believers to follow them … please stop calling yourself “Christain.” It’s embarrassing to those of us who follow the bible, and to our Father.

If you’re ignorant, quit reading stupid blogs and open the bible. Everything I’ve said about the Sabbath is in there. Including the fact that God was training the Israelites to trust Him enough not to work on the Sabbath. The first was BEFORE the law was given on Sinai, when they were to get twice as much manna on Friday. Since it was manna, and Israelites … why in the world would we think this applies to 21st century “Christians”? It’s like telling Moses to take off his shoes when he’s on Mt. Sinai, so we all think we have to go barefooted in the mountains the rest of our lives. very lame.

Just read it, folks.
It’s in there: truth.
And it’s beautiful, not stupid.

May 3, 2009 at 3:58 pm
(6) Natalie says:

It does not matter what DAY you choose to give to the Lord, the point is that u GIVE the Lord a day. Do you actually think that GOD will be concerned on whether we got the day right or wrong? THINK. What do you think is more important to Him? Friday? Saturday? Sunday? Let the Adventists close on Saturdays, let the Muslim close on Fridays, and make sure YOU are honoring God in the same way. To fight over a DAY is foolish.

People need to STOP saying “Its wat the Bible SAYS” and focus on what the Bible MEANS.

Honor the Lords day, whether its a friday, or sunday it does not matter. God will NOT punish you if you got the day wrong.

March 10, 2011 at 3:14 pm
(7) L says:

The Bible says what it means and means what it says. The Bible says “I am the Lord of the Sabbath” That sounds like God is connected to a specific day to me. The Bible says that “sin is the breaking of the law” And we all know that the law is the 10 commandments. That is why this is the only commandment that says the word, “REMEMBER” God knew that man would forget. The Sabbath is Friday Evening-Saturday Evening. Jews practice this, Muslims practice it, Seventh Day Adventist and some other Seventh Day worhipers practice it…just not Catholics…no where did Jesus worship or keep Sunday as a “Sabbath” This came about becuase of Roman “Sun God” worship a pagan practice that has perverted the minds of “christians” who should really read thier bibles.
The Bible says, “The wages of sin is death” that sure sounds like a punishment to me.

April 24, 2011 at 2:42 am
(8) Peggy says:

IF YOU GO BY THE 10 COMMANDMENTS, It does matter. God said to keep the sabbath, which is friday at sundown to saturday at sundown. If your boss tells you to be at work at 3 do you show up at 6? No, you would eventully be fired. So yes, it matters.

May 3, 2009 at 7:02 pm
(9) Lyn says:

It is sad to see how we fight over a day. What specific day we should take is not the issue. If we stopped reading the bible and start living it, we wouldn’t be having these discussions. Being Christian is about living God’s example. DO YOU REALLY THINK GOD WOULD HAVE AN ARGUMENT ABOUT WHAT DAY WE SHOULD WORSHIP HIM? We should worship him everyday. And all that he asks you is to take one day out of your busy week, be it Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, just one day.

We must respect that some believe it to be Friday, others to be Sunday and others that it is Saturday, and stop arguing about who is right. Fighting about who is right is childish behavior; respecting various beliefs and living in harmony and love, through God’s grace is all that is asked form us.

June 1, 2009 at 4:13 am
(10) Charles Vanya says:

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, as much as we argue on which day to worship. The facxt remians unmoveable annd the same. You know what Gen 2:1-3 talks of God finishing creations and rested on the seventh day and Deut 20:8-11 explains plainly what is supposed to be followed and on Deut 35:1-2 we are told that we should not even have fire in our homes. So many people can say what they want but what we should know is this: God never changes. He is the same today and today yesterday and tomorrow. This implies God’s laws will never change in order for man to fit in his ideas. The so many days of worship we are seeing today are

June 1, 2009 at 4:33 am
(11) Charles Langton Vanya says:

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, as much as we argue on which day to worship. The facxt remians unmoveable annd the same. You know what Gen 2:1-3 talks of God finishing creations and rested on the seventh day and Deut 20:8-11 explains plainly what is supposed to be followed and on Deut 35:1-2 we are told that we should not even have fire in our homes. So many people can say what they want but what we should know is this: God never changes. He is the same today and today yesterday and tomorrow. This implies Godís laws will never change in order for man to fit in his ideas. The so many days of worship we are seeing today are the work of the Devil because Jesus did not institute the Sunday, Friday or Wednesday worships. From creation to date God’s people have been worshiping on Saturday which is the 7th Day of the week and if you want to know this Go to Gen:1 where it says, “it was evening and it was day the first day”. So every person will held responsible/countable for the type of worship they choose. The Catholics though ages have tried very much to clear out the sabbath worship by promoting Sunday worship through decrees and threats. They even went further to deny people reading the bible own their own. Now what we should know is that there are underground movements that are trying to downgrade the bible by removing and changing some verses so in the name of simplifying the Bible foe easy understanding. Let us be watchful and even to those who keep the sabbath but in an acceptable way, God will not be slack in bringing his judgement upon us. Mat 11:28 says we should Come to Jesus and get rest whY?? Because he is the Lord of the sabbath. Let us concentrate in reading the bible other that listening to narrow minded ideas. As christians we need to leave like Christ and TELL ME WHEN DID JESU WORSHIP ON ANY DAY? I MEAN WORSHIPPING? You will find that the bible records only the Sabbath worship. May Gdo help us understand what he mean by keeping the sabbath because it is sign between Him and the worshipper Ezek 20:8;20. The Book of Rev also finishes the bible by saying that we will rest together with Jesus in thenew Jerusalem.

October 30, 2010 at 3:28 pm
(12) Meg MacLeod says:

I would like to say to Scott, being an now ex-Protestant and a 7th day Sabbath Keeper, please go back and read God’s Word in your Bible.
The Fourth Commandment says to keep His Sabbath Holy because God rested, blessed 7th day Sabbath and made it Holy, he did not make 1st day Sunday holy not did He bless it. Although Christ was resurrected on the 1st day week God did not command to commemorate it or make it a memorial day for anything. This is where the churches have been preaching false teachings by worshipping on Sunday and not Saturday Sabbath. There is nowhere in the New Testament telliing us that Christ or Paul changed their worship day from Saturday Sabbath to 1st day Sunday, so Sunday worshipping is a pagan day, named after the R.C’s pagan sun god.
So anyone who goes to their church on Sundays, stop and go back to reading your Bible and learn that God wants us to keep His Holy Sat. Sabbath even until the New Jerusalem, for all eternity. God Bless

November 11, 2010 at 9:01 pm
(13) Bill says:

Our modern Gregorian calendar system, the one you use to determine and argue the seventh day of the week over, was introduced by Pope Gregory XIII.

The word “sabbath”, while it sounds like a toddler’s mispronunciation of “seventh” did not originally mean “seventh”. It comes from from the Hebrew word Shabbat, which means “to cease” work, or rest, not “seventh day”. Jews applied it to their seventh day of a seven day week, but what are the days of that week based on? Who set the calendar? Did God? If so, where does it say God did? Is the calendar, and the days of the week exactly the same as in Moses day? How do we know? Many different calendars have been used, historically, some solar, some lunar, some both.

The jewish calendar has evolved and changed. Jews have observed other calendars. The Romans had an 8 day lunar week before they had a 7 day week. Do you really think that “our” day numbering is exactly the same as that in Moses day?

The POINT of a “sabbath” as a seventh day of rest, is to make it a once-a-week day of rest, (as opposed to the 7 day workweeks the jews labored under in Egypt in Moses’ day).
It isn’t to tie it to an arbitrary, man-made calendar dependant specific day of the week, that varies by the particular man-made arbitrary calendar observed.

Even “sunday” worship, is every 7 days, or every “seventh” day, exactly as you say God commanded, when removing the modern Gregorian calendar from the eqation. Every “seventh” day, NOT every “day that numbers seven according to your particular calendar”.

January 26, 2011 at 2:25 pm
(14) Bryant says:

Dear Brothers and sisters, let us all begin to judge things justifiably in other to enable us prevent the looming catastrophe of which we are facing today on earth, Almighty God will surely course severely the Man who led his sheep out of track rather than the sheep self, Keep the sabbath Day holy!!!, the said Sabbath Day which vigorously fell in the Category and nature of Saturday is exactly what God Mean,,, Keep the sabbath Day Holy ,Keep the Sabbath day holy remains very important to God, and it is very important for us to trace back our routes to prevent us from losing the road completely, Sabbath Day , Saturday, Holy.

September 15, 2013 at 11:26 am
(15) pat davison says:

I am so confused. I am a catholic,and want so much to follow Gods Law, but I cannot find a church that worships on Saturday. What do I do?

December 8, 2013 at 11:02 am
(16) Greenmagpie says:

Lets all choose a day for the Sabbath and everyone follow the edict. Then thousands can suffer as police,fire,ambulances,nurses,doctors and sea rescue also observe. Let power stations,chemical plants,oil installations,steel mills operate unattended -these sort of assets cannot be shut down by flicking a switch- do you fancy nuclear plants being empty for a day? Aircraft,trains buses that will not reach destinations in time because of say bad weather have to stop where they are when the Sabbath pops up, try that on a plane mid-Atlantic. The Bible(and all other Holy books) was written when the humanity lived by subsistence farming and downing tools for a day meant leaving the fields to themselves.
God hasn’t felt it necessary to burn the World in modern times while He was so disgusted by the antics of His early, Sabbath-keeping followers that He drowned them all,bar Moses and co.
The Sabbath,regardless of the day you choose will not begin and end at the same moment for people in,say, Australia and Canada or even within the borders of either of those countries as they have several time zones so Sabbath begins to become a more personal thing depending on where you are( what about the guys in the International Space Station orbiting several times a day, do they have multiple 30 minute Sabbaths for each time round?) A similar problem has arisen in Islam arguing over the timing of New Moons due to the fact that the author of the Koran wasn’t aware of time zones and the Earth being a sphere so altering the appearance of this astronomical event depending where you are on the planet.
In all I think God is quite happy for you work at any time offering your labour to Him. Better to fix the leaking roof of your elderly neighbour on the Sabbath than to spend your time eating raw carrots and tut-tutting at how no one keeps the Sabbath properly ,like you.

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