My husband and I recently had a..."discussion"...on this topic. He was
against letting our young daughters play outside because it was Sunday. He grew
up in a family where Sabbath day activities were rather restricted. I was raised
differently. My parents' never "forced" us to do anything, whether
it was attend church or stay inside with scriptures glued to our hands. Their
primary reason: they didn't want us to come to hate Sunday.He
let me have my way, albeit grudgingly, so I try to emphasize to the kids that
Sunday is family time. Playing with friends can wait till Monday; how about
doing a puzzle or playing a board game with Mom or Dad? Why not make the desired
bike ride a family activity? Playing in the backyard is fine as long as
it's done nicely and isn't loud or irritating to anybody.I
hope that, as happened in my family, teaching correct principles, leading by
example, and letting others choose for themselves, will yield the strong
testimonies and love of the Sabbath.Now if I could just get dinner
to make itself...
Lovely article, an issue we all struggle with weekly. There is comfort knowing
Heavenly Father reads our hearts..As a point of Biblical import, the
Seventh Day always has been Saturday. Every modern calendar even begins with
Day 1, Sunday, and ends with Day 7, Saturday. Historians know when Christians
began officially moving their worship day to the First Day, "The Lord's
Day", after intense Roman persecution. Even Nero's hideous Christian
persecution noticed their First Day gatherings. Acts 20:7 points to the early
believers "breaking bread" and collecting tithes on the First Day of the
week, symbolizing our Lird's Resurrection Day.As anti-semitic
persecution intensified a few centuries later, Roman Christians made every
effort to separate from all Jewish observances. But no tradition will ever
change Genesis 2:1-4, as God resting from His six days of creation and
"sanctifying the Seventh Day". I've been teaching Hebrew since my
classes at BYU in the early '70s. Shabbat is rest and Sheva is seven. The
official, original Sabbath/Shabbat is Saturday. This is why the rest of the
Biblical Christian world worships on the First Day, The Lord's Day, to
commemorate His glorious Resurrection.
Comparing myself against the world, lowers my standards and sets lowered
standards for my family. Comparing myself to the commandments helps to keep my
standards lofty and in tune with the Savior and the Holy Ghost...something I am
constantly trying to instill in my family...as well as to live more fully
myself.We have been warned numerous times, over many generations
that the world around us will decay into chaos and sin. That we are to
"stand in Holy places", and that we are to make of our homes "a bit
of Heaven". But if we say that we doing than those around us,
then we are falling farther and farther from the "Glory of God" and His
dwelling place.Please heed what it says in Mosiah 4:14 14 "And ye will not suffer your children that they go hungry, or naked;
neither will ye suffer that they transgress the laws of God, and fight and
quarrel one with another, and serve the devil...."
I feel that the spirit of this article is one to be emulated and cherished, as
we seek to honor and sanctify our Creator and the Lord's Day, Jesus'
Resurrection Day.But as Grace points out, don't confuse Sunday
with the Sabbath. It never has been identified as such by any Biblical Prophet,
Apostle, Disciple or even by Jesus Himself. That early Catholic leaders moved
the Shabbat designation is historical fact. Just call it what all New Testament
writers did: The Lord's Day.
Thank you for the important reminders.
In Semitic cultures, both modern and historical, the "day" begins at
sunset, whether the first, second, third or the seventh. The "real"
Saturday (for those who equate the real with the culture that reigned in the
first century Roman province of Syria Palaestina) begins at sundown Friday and
is over at sundown Saturday, so corresponds neither with the sixth, seventh or
first day of the week in modern reckonings of time. From the point
of view of labour and employment, it's a bit of a shame that only the
weekly Sabbath of the Hebrews was adopted by the modern cultures that came to
rule the world and create the global calendar. Observing the Shmita (the final
year of each seven-year cycle) would have made our work and home lives, as well
as our agricultural practices, more pleasant.
Bakersfield Duo,The Sabbath was made for man.Man was not made
for the Sabbath.Worrying which of the 7 days you worship God vs.
"how" you worship God, reminds me of the guy who spent his final moments
re-painting the deck chairs on the Titantic...Take one of the seven
days given and spend that day emulating your savior or practicing what you
The Brethren attend the temple on Thursday as a means of rising to a quiet and
reflective day of rest intended by obeying the commandment to "keep the
Sabbath Day holy." If our Sunday's become too hectic as a result of
callings or other obligations - we may find comfort in doing likewise.
Ah there it is, the admission that rest doesn't really mean rest at all. It
actually means work! A different kind of work! What?!?It's so
strange how words don't mean what they used to. No wonder I'm so
exhausted at the end of a typical Sunday full of 6-7 hours of church meetings or
visits, of shuttling kids to "brownies at the bishop" or various other
firesides and activities, of getting the little ones ready for church and
struggling with them reverent during meetings.You know what I could
really use after a hard week of work? I could the kind of Sabbath where you
"rest" in the traditional sense. Yes, like how it says in the
dictionary: "Refreshing ease or inactivity after exertion or labor."See, that sort of rest would make a lot sense after a period of creative
labor. How about we could serve the Lord all during the week, along with our
other busy activities, then have a day of rest at then end of it? To renew and
regenerate? I, for one, need time to slow down and stop work of *all* kinds. To
just stop. I desperately need a Sabbath...
I value my time with my family too much to spend 3 hours in church. I decided a
long time ago that sundays would be our family's day. We go fishing,
hiking, walking, out to dinner, whatever we decide. We do it together. That is
the one day a week that we get to enjoy each others company without having to be
somewhere or have any obligations. I am glad we do it that way and will continue
to do so.
Brahmabull's comment reminds me of a story I heard several years ago: seems
an outdoorsman was telling his bishop that he could worship The Lord better in
the great outdoors than he could in church. The bishop's reply: "You
can--but you won't."That's not to question
Brahmabull's or anyone else's motives for choosing outdoor family
activities. Instead, I'd hope that those choosing that path would make
concentrated efforts to insure that good moral, ethical, even spiritual lessons
are taught. That will not happen unless a solid, structured approach is planned
and performed--and that leads us right back to the essential time to be
spent--which, in the case of church attendance, should be an equivalent 3 hours.