What does this mean? It is one of the Ten Commandments so breaking it is a sin, right? How do you remember the Sabbath and keep it Holy? This is a topic that gets on my mind every so often and I find it very troubling. I want to honor the Sabbath and keep it holy, but how do I determine what God means and weed through what humans have interpreted God to mean on it. Some people don't treat the 7th day any differently than the other 6 and others (such as my parents) have very specific guidelines they follow. Is it subjective? Sinning isn't subjective is it?
Here is my background: Although my parents weren't tyrants, they did have very strict rules for Sunday behavior some of which was to honor the Sabbath and some of which was to promote Sundays as a Family Day.
* You must attend all church services available at our church unless legitimately physically ill. This meant Sunday School, Morning Worship, Evening Worship, Wednesday night services and any special service or event inbetween. We even went to church on vacation. I honestly never, ever remember not going to church service "just because". Is that right? Salvation isn't based on church attendance, but you do want to honor God
* You cannot do any work on the Sabbath: No employment working, no housework, no homework and oddly enough, on vacation, no fishing. Even during financial problems and long term unemployment my dad would not consider any job that would require working on Sundays and we were also not allowed to accept a job that would call for this. I would challenge sometimes: what if my homework was reading a novel and I enjoyed the novel and I wanted to read it and didn't consider it work - - verdict: still work. I actually used to feel sorry for people's souls as I would see them mowing their lawns on Sundays
*You cannot go anywhere besides church on the Sabbath and definitely do not buy anything: you don't go to stores, gas stations, events, activities, etc., etc., Oddly enough, however, we could go out to dinner if we were financially able which wasn't regularly. That doesn't make sense... however preparing a big meal at home (which was our Sunday routine) and cleaning up, etc. Sounds like work to me. It was always a very big deal if someone was sick in the family on a Sunday and we actually had to go to a store on Sunday to get medicine. It was a freaky and exciting venture.
*No television on Sundays - somehow my brother convinced my parents that Sports wasn't really television so that was an exception, which stunk for my sister and I who wanted to convince them that movies weren't really "television" either, but failed. When more family friendly shows started coming on Sunday evenings, we were allowed to watch shows together. America's Funniest Home Videos and Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman come to mind.
*No playing outside with neighborhood kids or having them over or going over to anyone else's houses unless there were some sort of event with a family from church.
My sister may remind me of others that I am missing, but do you get the picture. How can you be raised like this for 18 years and still not harbor some confusion and guilt on how to treat Sundays. I didn't go to church yesterday to travel to a family Open House in MI. I feel that it was okay, but there is always that tiny little voice chastising me. Is that right? This was all already on my mind and I decided I really had to blog when I was talking to my Mom yesterday and she mentioned how she had purchased a whole bunch of flowers a week or so ago on a Saturday and it was such a beautiful day on the next Sunday, she wanted to go out and plant them, but Dad said it wouldn't be a good idea. It made me sad that my mom couldn't plant her flowers.
Sorry that this is so long, but it is troublesome. Any answers out there?
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