By ELDR. LLOYD ROBERTS
Many of you wistfully recall the 1950s and ‘60s. Younger folks can catch glimpses of frequent re-runs of the “Andy Griffith” and “Ozzie and Harriet” shows for images of what many say were simpler times.
Ike was in the White House. Kids played outside. It seemed like everyone went to church and you only heard whispers about divorce.
Life did seem to move slower then. Television sets had found their way into most living rooms, but families still gathered at the dinner table and the only telephone was in the hall.
Another difference between then and now is that today you can buy a gallon of milk on your way home from church. What are commonly called “blue laws” barred commercial activity on Sundays.
Now, so many businesses stay open seven days every week, Chic-fil-A causes a stir when it closes its doors on Sunday.
The additional shopping hours have made our lives more convenient and have given many employment opportunities, but they also place a strain on many families. Single moms find themselves working two or three jobs to make ends meet. The money helps, but it comes at a price.
In the Old Testament we find in Exodus:
“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore, the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.”
God created weekends, so you can take a break. Certainly, He would like you to drop by his house so you two can visit and catch up. I don’t think He objects, however, to a family trip to the lake or other fun activity. What parent does not delight in the laughter of his children?
We do not need to bring back bans on Sunday shopping as much as we need to remind ourselves, as we dash from task to task, that a God who loves us created weekends so we can relax and have a quiet moment with just Him, even if your “weekend” comes on Tuesday.
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