Re: “Sunday hunting bans a poor policy from bad theology,” editorial, Saturday:
I just turned 50 years young last week, and with its approach and passing it brought to mind the reality that I have more than likely lived over have my lifetime on this earth. My grandfather passed away when he was 56 from a massive heart attack. My father has far surpassed that and, Lord willing, will see 71 next month.
But more than relishing this “milestone” and the very full life that my father provided me and my family, the one thing that I would have to say will be forever instilled in my heart and mind is a profound and deep respect for the spiritual, or religious if that word makes you more comfortable. I never remember a Sunday that my family; Dad, Mom, myself and my little brother [did not wake up] on Sunday mornings, ate a quick breakfast, dressed — always in our best attire, and made it for church services on Sunday morning. Sunday school started at 10 a.m. and worship service was at 11.
And Sunday evening was no different. While today most Sunday evening services have either been replaced with “home group” Bible studies, or dismissed altogether, we did not miss a Sunday evening service, either. Initially they started at 7 p.m. and involved a congregational song service, followed by a sermon.
Most of those evening “prayer meetings” were ended by just that, prayer. Not a simple benediction, but by that group of Christians, mostly elderly, carefully making their way to the front of the sanctuary to spend time in prayer and intercession.
While this doesn’t primarily address the issue the Times editors have with the banning of hunting at certain times on Sunday, I believe it addresses the bigger issue; we have forgotten that “the Sabbath,” whatever day one chooses to observe it, “was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath,” Mark 2:27. But what does that mean?
The Fourth Commandment reads: “Remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son nor daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns.”
Why is this so important? Simply put, it is a day of the week when we should cease from our labors, even our hobbies, and give God the time and attention that we so ardently and urgently need.