LETTER: Keep holy the Sabbath

Aug. 29, 2013 @ 04:56 AM

To the Editor:

What are your Sunday priorities? The attitude today in our community toward Sunday worship in church is different from that in the 1950s when I was being raised here in Sanford. Then, more people agreed that Sunday was a “Sabbath” day of rest and worship. People reverenced Sunday; most businesses were closed. Society changes, but God doesn’t. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever” — Hebrews 13:8.

Churches hold to the same 11 a.m. worship time while business, sports and entertainment all compete in stealing away the significance of that special time. Professional sports events begin at noon on Sundays, and even community sporting events have kids traveling and competing on Sunday mornings. The people who schedule these events have little regard for traditional Sunday worship with family. What priority is this teaching our children now? Not this one from God‘s word: “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness.”

God calls the things we substitute for him “idols.” Fewer than 100 years before my childhood, football, baseball, basketball, NASCAR and the electronic devices on which to view them did not even exist. Satan’s strategy with each generation is to use worldly things to tempt mankind and divert his attention away from God. “We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one. And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his son, Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life. Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.” — 1 John 5:19-21.

In fighting the spiritual battle over corporate worship, different tactics should be considered. Some churches are adding home Bible studies or worship services on Saturday, making themselves accessible to those with Sunday work or recreation schedules. “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy” — Exodus 20:8.

The church should reclaim every day of the week to welcome God‘s grace for all. “Sabbath” means rest — Jesus Christ is our Sabbath rest 24/7.

Robert A. Watson