Is working on Sundays, the Sabbath, Right or Wrong in Gods Eyes?

Today is the Sabbath and I am writing this. Am I working?

If I was at a job today would I be sinning?

I would like to analyze this in detail in this blog post.

The Ten Commandments

Long ago, God gave Moses the Ten Commandments on tablets of stone. These were not only for the Israelites to follow but also for all of us: The entire human race. These are commandments laid down by God to save us.

If you read Exodus Chapter 20, Verses 8-11, the Fourth Commandment of God handed down to Moses is as follows:

Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

What does it mean?

So now let us analyze what this means. If you take this verse in a literal sense, it’s pretty obvious. God is telling us that NOBODY should do any type of work or labor on Sundays (The Sabbath). Furthermore, anyone who is the cause of somebody else having to labor shall also be breaking the commandment. We know this because of this line:

“nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates”

So is virtually everyone a sinner?

Well it’s because of this sentence here that I decided to analyze this and share my opinion on the matter.

First we need to determine what God might classify as work/labor

What is considered work/labor? What is not?

I think understanding this is the key to obeying God’s commandment to the best of our ability.

This is also where Faith comes in.

Nobody on Earth knows exactly what God means by the fourth Commandment…to honor the Sabbath Day. I’m pretty sure of that, unless God himself has told that person.

So all we can do is interpret it to the best of our ability which is what I intend to do here. I want to say though that just as almost everything in life, it all really boils down to FAITH and what YOU believe. That is what’s most important.

My interpretation:

I believe that what God is trying to say to us in the fourth commandment is that it is a day that is meant to be sacred. The Sabbath is a day that is meant to reflect and appreciate life.

Now, I do not have a job right now. I am a full time student in school and I am also a business owner.

In my opinion, Going to school on Sunday would constitute as work, because school is preparation for a career or job, which we very well know constitutes as work. Furthermore, doing anything that relates to building my business (making money or growing my business) on the Sabbath would further constitute as work, and if I did those things, in my mind, I would dishonor God’s Commandment.

I am writing this blog entry today though. Although I am “laboring” in a way, would God constitute it as work? I do not believe so and let me explain to you the difference between labor/work and non-labor/work activities.

Are you doing it for yourself or are you doing it for others?

I think that the Golden rule that I want to imply when deciding whether something constitutes as labor or not is this: Are you doing it for your own benefit or are you doing it for other’s benefit?

Right away by looking at this rule, we would automatically have a clue on what God constitutes as work/labor.

Why do you go to work?…because you need the money right?…therefore it is considered labor. Would you go in to your job if you never got payed for it? I don’t think so.

Why do you go to school?…to earn your degree, certificate, or to further your career right? We go with the intent to graduate. I don’t think you’d go to school if it wasn’t for that, therefore it is considered labor/work.

Now if you’re blogging on Facebook is that considered work? well, it depends on the reason you’re doing it. If you’re doing it because you are looking to share a great movie you just saw with your friends, it is not work/labor. You are doing it more for them than for yourself. They would benefit more than you would by you taking the time to write the blog. You already knew the movie was good, but you were eager to share this with your friends as well, so they could know too.

Now on the contrary, if you were blogging on Facebook to promote your new product for sale, because in the back of your mind you felt that it would help you make more money, than that WOULD constitute as work. This is because you wouldn’t be doing it if it didn’t benefit you in that way.

Do you see where I’m going with this? So feel free to use this golden rule to distinguish work/labor between non-work/labor activities.

Everyone who works or causes somebody else to work on Sunday is a sinner

This is what I truly believe, yes. If this is indeed true, the world is a little lost, isn’t it?

Ask yourself this question:

Why do you work on Sunday if God specifically commanded you not to?

Have you ever asked yourself that simple question?

I think many people would probably claim that they have no choice…that if they didn’t work on Sundays they wouldn’t be able to afford bills…or maybe they would lose their job.

Whatever the excuse is, know that it is just an excuse.

Many people throughout the world refuse to work on Sunday and are doing just fine.

I’ve known Mormons who’ve spent every Sunday with their family praying and reading scripture. If someone tried to get one of them to work on a Sunday they would laugh, because almost everyone who knew them realized that Sunday was their time-honored tradition of rest.

Many Jews and people of other religions as well try to honor God’s commandment by refusing to work on the Sabbath. One of the most notable companies I can think of that honors this tradition is Chick-Fil-A.

Chick-Fil-A was founded by Truett Cathy in 1946. From the very beginning, Truett as a Christian man, chose that Chick-Fil-A would be closed every Sunday. No Chick-Fil-A employee would ever work on Sunday. This was his way of honoring the Sabbath. Since then, Chick-Fil-A has become one of the largest fast food chains in the US, with over $2.3Billion in sales last year from over 1,300 franchises (according to chacha.com)…and they did all of this without the CEO or any of the 1,800+ employees ever working on a Sunday.

So this proves that it is your decision whether or not you want to work on Sunday and honor God’s commandment. Obviously, there are many other people who choose not to work on Sunday and seem to be doing fine in life.

It’s as simple as saying NO

As I stated above, it is completely your choice to work/labor on the Sabbath (Sundays). No one can force you to do something. It is your choice, whether you realize that or not.

You might feel that you dont have a choice, but ask yourself this question: Even if your boss does make you work on the Sabbath, how hard did you try to get it off? How many times did you explain to your boss that it is against your religion to work on Sunday?

I believe that God would rather have you quit and find another job, than to settle and work on the Sabbath, if you’ve tried everything you can to get the day off and to know avail. Have Faith in the Lord, for when one door closes, he shall open another one for you. Many people have found jobs in which they don’t have to work on Sunday. Why can’t you? There’s no reason except that you haven’t tried hard enough.

For people like myself that own a business, not working on Sunday is as simple as deciding not to, so there’s no excuse there either. Remember, greed is one of the seven deadly sins (they are called deadly sins because they always lead to hurting yourself and/or other people). Greed is the only thing I can think of that would make a business owner want to work on Sundays. Honor God, Not yourself and keep your business closed. Do no work related to business on the Sabbath. Spend it with your family and friends not with thoughts of greed and “materialistic” riches. Let Truett Cathy of Chick-Fil-A be your guide.

So what does God want us to do on Sundays

God wants us to do things that help us contribute to the personal and spiritual growth of ourselves and others on the Sabbath.

It is a time when we focus not on making money, or paying bills, or doing housework…rather it is a time that we practice love, friendship, and unity.

Some activities that are acceptable to God on Sundays are spending time with your children, spending time with your family, spending time with your friends, spending quiet time in prayer and reflection, and things of that nature.

Your mind should be on everything else but work and the daily activities of living such as paying bills or doing chores. Take the time to go see a movie with your kids or take your significant other out to dinner.

Honor the Commandment, and you honor God. Honor God and your life shall be blessed!