Sunday Musings: I was reading a shared post on Facebook and the
writer was requesting that everyone make a special effort to spend
money at such and such retailer because they are closed on Sunday so
their employees can spend the day either at worship services or with
their family. The gist of the short note was "Sundays are for
God and family and employers should recognize this fact."
So my question is this. Does it make someone a
hypocrite to state this fact either by posting, liking the post or
just expressing this opinion and then go out to eat on Sunday?
What about grocery shopping or going to a movie?
If a person REALLY feels that it is wrong for an
employer to expect their employees to work on Sunday then shouldn't
they stay out of all businesses on Sunday? If all church goers
went home after services and prepared lunch and remained at home for
the duration of the day, retailers might rethink opening for
business on Sunday. If church goers all refused to go to the movies,
chose not to attend or participate in any activity that required
someone to be at work, retailers should take note. Would it
result in businesses closing? I seriously doubt businesses
would close, but they might need fewer employees and you as a
believer would be doing the right thing.
IMHO you would be hard pressed to get most church
goers to take a stand. Let me rephrase that, you would be hard
pressed to get most church goers to go home and cook. Like I
Then there are numerous jobs that are not
service or retail that still must function on Sundays. Police
officers, firemen, nurses, prison guards, tow truck operators, etc.
Do church goers have a problem with these people working on Sunday?
I have a second question. If you truly
believes that Sunday is a day for God and family, do you spend the
day with God and family? Do your kids go to the pool while you
surf the internet? Does your teen go to the movie and your
husband mow the grass? Do you do laundry, talk on the phone
and even go to the gym? A true believer might schedule a
family devotional or visit a nursing home as a family group.
Or at the very least play a wild game of Sorry as a family.
I have never given it any thought until I saw the
Facebook post, so I have mulled it over and come to the following
1. If the problem is missing worship service, the
Bible states that two or three together can be an acceptable
worship. It might take more effort but a solution is available
for those who are required to work on Sunday.
2. If the problem is the employee doesn't feel they
should be working on Sunday then the employee needs to find another
job. Period. However if YOU have a problem with someone
else working on Sunday, (get ready) then you need to mind your own
business. Don't look at the screen expecting me to soften that
statement - ain't happening.
3. If you feel the employer is wrong to be open for
business on Sunday, then organize like minded folks and do not eat
out, shop or attend events on Sunday. In other words stop
Talking the Talk and start Walking the Walk. On Sunday, you do
the right thing.