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Sabbath Labor – Is It Proper?

“Six days shalt thou labor 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. . . .” Familiar words, aren’t they? Then isn’t it strange that we so frequently forget and disobey them?

Doctors, nurses, and policemen, all these are very necessary for human well-being and safety. The maintenance of life and law are essential characteristics of a cultured society. Theirs is a job of devotion to the safe-keeping of God’s people if they be Christians.

Does your profession or occupation requiring Sabbath labor fall within these categories? If so there can, humanly speaking, be found justifiable reasons for your having chosen it and your participation in it. You are performing duties necessary to the aid of the human as a living being. If not, then perhaps you should stop and re-examine your possible misuse of the Sabbath. We are under the obligation to God to keep the Sabbath as He directs. This certainly doesn’t include those activities performed for personal or financial gain. Maybe it is time that many of us attempt to evaluate and justify our activities. If we cannot, then the obvious solution is the elimination of such activities.

Christ allows for such non-church activities as emergencies, but would not condone many of the activities performed on the Sabbath by many of our church members.

Any opinions, whether contrary or in agreement, would be appreciated.