Since today is the Sabbath, I thought it would make a good subject for a post. The fourth commandment, after all, says “Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy” (Exodus 20:8, King James version).
But what exactly does it mean to keep the sabbath day holy? Exodus sheds further light on the subject by saying “Six days shalt thou labor, and do all they work, But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD they god: in it thou shalt not do any work…” and it goes on to detail who else shouldn’t work, so you can’t get around the commandment by having your child or servant do work for you (Exodus 2o:9-10).
So you shouldn’t work on Sunday. Obviously, some things need to stay open, like hospitals and the like, but, in general, you shouldn’t work. But it also says you shouldn’t make other people work for you. So, in order to really keep the sabbath day holy, things like going out to eat and going shopping are out, because you are causing other people to work by doing so.
Similarly, it would seem that things like housework and yard work should likewise be done another day.
Is there anything we should be doing on Sunday? Going to church is fairly obvious. It’s also a good day to spend studying scriptures, praying, and contemplating the gospel and what we can do to live it better.
There are still gray areas about what constitutes keeping the sabbath day holy. How about t.v.? Books? Music? I think it’s safe to say that we should stick to media that would be pleasing to God. If Christ were in the room with you, would you feel comfortable watching that t.v. program? (Please be so kind as to ignore the absurdity of watching t.v. with Jesus.)
Of course, if you are watching, reading, or listening to something on Sunday that isn’t in line with Christian principles, you probably shouldn’t be watching it any day of the week.
That’s all I have time for now. Please leave your take in the comments!