We Christians often complain that society no longer has room for us, but we also permit society to take that room away.
We are to reject the world, the flesh and the Devil. Yet thus far, we have also refused to fight him when he attacks. The losses from these little skirmishes are adding up, and will make future battles difficult for us.
Sunday rest is one of many ancient practices of the Church that has fallen by the wayside. Like dressing well for church, I think it’s a discipline we should mindfully resurrect.
I’ll be brief because the spiritual benefit of such rest should be obvious, and its theological implications have been addressed by writers with more and better credentials than I.
If we refuse, when possible, to work on Sundays, fewer businesses will force Christians to skip church.
If we refuse to shop and eat out on Sundays, fewer businesses will profit by forcing our fellow Christians to skip church.
By resting on Sundays, we not only take care of our own souls, but the souls of our neighbors. We also remind employers whose minsters they are, so that we may faithfully and obediently honor them.
Rev. Robert Hart has left us with profounder thoughts on the subject here. Please read.
Jim Elliot writes, “I was working on a Sunday at B. Dalton Books (no problems, just went to the evening service) when a man came up to the front desk with a purchase.
While I’m ringing him out, he goes on this long tirade about how it was shameful that the store would be open on a Sunday and we employees should refuse to work on a Sunday and ‘what can be done about it?’
I finished his purchase and calmly said ‘It’s a matter of economics. If people wouldn’t shop on a Sunday, the store wouldn’t make any profit and would consider it a loss to stay open. However, as long as people come in shopping on Sunday, they will stay open. Have a nice day.’
I don’t think he made the connection, bless his little heart.”