Work on Sunday

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  1. Reformingstudent

    Reformingstudent Puritan Board Junior

    Is working on Sunday a clear violation of the 4th Commandment even if it is done only half the day?
    I was suppose to start my new job tomorrow but I am having second thoughts about it now that I prayed and seen that I would be having to work on the Lord's day. If this was the job God wanted me to have would He contradict His own will by having me work on the Lord's day? What is appropriate response to a problem like this? Should I take the job I need and violate God's command and my conscience
    or should I pass it up in the hope He will provide for my need
    another way that will not cause me to break His law?

    Any insight would be appreciated .

  2. VirginiaHuguenot

    VirginiaHuguenot Puritanboard Librarian

    Tom, This is a challenging subject when it comes to questions like this, primarily because many employers today do not respect Christian employees who have a conscience about the Lord's Day. But God's Word is clear. The Fourth Commandment is an enduring moral law that has reference to keeping the Christian Sabbath holy and not working renumeratively on that day unless such work is of necessity or mercy (ie., doctors, policemen, soldiers, etc.). The Westminster Confession's chapter on the Christian Sabbath may be a help to you as you consider this matter prayerfully.

    "...for them that honour me I will honour..." (1 Sam. 2.30)

    God bless!

    [Edited on 6-6-2005 by VirginiaHuguenot]
  3. WrittenFromUtopia

    WrittenFromUtopia Puritan Board Graduate

    We should strive to make the Lord's Day a set-apart day of rest and relaxation and not let it find itself among the common days the rest of the week.

  4. Reformingstudent

    Reformingstudent Puritan Board Junior

    Thanks Andrew.
    Could you tell me what you think of this and is this advice biblical?

    The Lord wants you to work and have a living.

    Jesus would NOT leave a lamb in the ditch

    because it was the Sabbath (Matthew 12:11-12).

    We are commanded to have jobs and work

    (Genesis 3:17b, 1 Timothy 5:8).

    Necessity is always a reason to work on the

    Sabbath (Matthew 12:1-8).

    Take the job, earn a living, find another job as

    soon as you can.
  5. Craig

    Craig Puritan Board Senior

    I was confronted for a time with doing this after becoming Sabbatarian.

    If necessary, then work. Also, when interviewing for a job you are entitled to give your own stipulations: I gave mine to my current employer. I said "I am willing to give you 6 days of work, I ask for only 1 specific day of rest each week out of Christian conviction". When phrased that way, it should help any rational person to see how foolish it is to not give you 1 day off of your choice...52 days out of 365 that you have "control" over...puts things in perspective even for the unregenerates. I haven't had to worry about it once since then. When work is "needed" on a Sunday, no one EVER asks me. They know.

    But it may be necessary for a time for you to work now and again on Sunday. God knows our circumstances and you can only control so much: if this employer will not respect God's law, it may be a decent job for now while you find more permanent work.

    [Edited on 6-6-2005 by Craig]
  6. Reformingstudent

    Reformingstudent Puritan Board Junior

    Problem is though I would be expected to work every Sunday. My wife works most Sundays but her work as a CNA (she works at a nursing home and cares for the elderly and bed ridden) is of necessity and mercy while my job is not so important or needful except to my employers.
  7. pastorway

    pastorway Puritan Board Senior

    According to Federal Law an employer that has more than 15 employes is required to accommodate the religious practicecs of the employees. So if you state to your employer that your religious beliefs and practice prevent you from working on Sunday they must comply or can be fined by the government and sued by you!

    Check out more here: American Center for Law and Justice

  8. D Battjes

    D Battjes Puritan Board Freshman

    Or they can just "let you go"
  9. VirginiaHuguenot

    VirginiaHuguenot Puritanboard Librarian

    Yes, the Fourth Commandment requires us to work six days a week. The flip side is that we required to abstain from ordinary common labors on the Christian Sabbath, excepting works of piety, necessity and mercy. The Matthew 12 passage has reference to the latter.

    Yes, as mentioned before, work is required per the Fourth Commandment.

    I would not personally dictate what is meant by "necessity" but the example of the Matthew 12 passage clearly does not mean that anything is permitted on the Christian Sabbath. It means that preparation of meals, healing, helping your neighbor who is in trouble, these sorts of things constitute necessity or mercy. Ordinary renumerative business does not fall under these allowed activities.

    In the process of seeking employment it is definitely best to be upfront with your potential employer about the Lord's Day issue. In the context of dealing with an employer who is unyielding on this point, as has been noted, there are religious discrimination regulations which may be applicable and appealed to.

    Many Christians deal with this issue. It is a difficult issue in our 24-hour/7-day-a-week society. The Lord's Day is looked upon as a day like any other and some folks cannot even conceive of what it means to keep the day holy. But Sabbath-keeping is a vital part of what it means to live holy in a fallen society. God truly honors those who keep his day holy and call it a delight (Isa. 58.13).
  10. Reformingstudent

    Reformingstudent Puritan Board Junior

    Thanks Pastor Philip.
    I appreciate that.
  11. WrittenFromUtopia

    WrittenFromUtopia Puritan Board Graduate

  12. nonconformist

    nonconformist Puritan Board Freshman

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