This past week my pastor did a sermon on making choices. The text was Psalms 1:1-3. He brought up some controversial and hard to swallow points such as how Christians treat the Sabbath day. He said that New Testament Christians use Jesus’ third day resurrection, Sunday, as the Sabbath day. Hebrews 4 talks about the Sabbath being an opportunity for Christians to both rest and set an example to others.
The idea of doing absolutely no work on the Sabbath, however, is a standard that some Christians have set for themselves based off of old testament restrictions.
I personally think that my pastor’s point was that Christians should treat the Sabbath day differently from other days of the week because we follow God’s example and not the worlds and it’s also a testimony to those watching us. He mentioned how important it is to attend a worship service on Sundays, whether at your home church or another local church if you’re on vacation and it’s at all possible. Hebrews 4: 11 seems to suggest that prioritizing other commitments over attending worship on Sundays is direct disobedience. It goes on to speak about the Word of God being living and active, sharper than a double-edged sword and useful for judging the thoughts and attitudes of the heart which, in respect to the issue of the Sabbath, seems to mean that our neglect of showing up to hear the Word of God on Sundays causes Christians to miss out on the opportunity for the Word to do its refining.
So…what are your thoughts about the Sabbath? Where do you draw the line on how much you will or won’t participate in on the Sabbath? Do you think Sunday should be seen the same as any other day of the week or is it a day that believers should treat special?