Sunday—Whose Day Is It?

I am very concerned about the way in which the body of Christ and our society is completely abandoning a commitment to Sunday as the Lord’s Day. (Note: I am not talking about people being sick with the flu.) John the Apostle wrote in Revelation chapter 1, “I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day.” It is on that day—the Lord’s Day—that we still assemble for prayer, worship in song, worship in giving, meditation, fellowship, baptisms, the Lord’s Supper, member’s meetings, and Bible study. We need bracket the day by opening and closing it in the house of the Lord (Psalm 122:1). Is it the Lord’s Day for you and your family? Is it a day set aside for the Lord? Have you noticed churches conducting services on Fridays and Saturdays now? Have you noticed churches conducting services café style? It seems that every effort is being made to accommodate the world and its lifestyle. All of this accommodation is a modified form of idolatry. It relegates God to second place and man remains on the throne. God gets fit into the busy family schedule between a pleather of other activities none of which are sinful individually but when they are combined in such a frenzied life that Sunday becomes just another day of the weekend to do more then we have inadvertently crossed a line into idolatry. Families frequently skip Sunday worship to have ‘family’ time. With six other days to choose from, why must the Lord’s Day be sacrificed? It is not surprising that people who stay up till 1 and 2 am on Sunday struggle with being alive, alert and awake on Sunday mornings. Students are told to get a good night’s rest before a big test, examination or college entrance test—yet that same reasoning doesn’t apply to being ready for a day of concentrated focus on the Word of God on Sunday. I am especially concerned that many in the body of Christ struggle at being punctual to Sunday school or a preaching service yet are impeccable in their timeliness at work. Perhaps each Sunday as many as 100 people completely miss our time of worship in song! Songs that teach, encourage, motivate, and praise God are not sung because a concerted effort to be early to church was not made by all. Sunday is the Lord’s Day. Basketball tournaments, soccer games, family reunions, etc. should all be planned and attended on the six other days of the week. Please do not take offense at this if it doesn’t apply to you. But if it does apply then recognize that the authority for which I am writing comes from the Word of God. My authority comes from Scripture which is profitable for ‘correction and reproof.’ Let’s start bracketing the Lord’s Day with a morning and evening time in the house of the Lord. (Again I am not talking about the plague of sickness.) With the deepest regard for you and in great love that is genuine, Pastor Sean Hebrews 13:7

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