Media & Adventist Benefits– The Need for Sunday Laws?

Charles Osgood, “The History of Sunday”, CBS News Sunday Morning, February 1, 2009.

“Judith Shulevitz. In her upcoming book “The Sabbath World,” …is pushing for a return to laws that would shut down businesses one day a week.

“If everybody has to stop working, then they have to, sort of, pay attention to their family, to themselves, to their community,” she argues.

“So in this campaign, where do you even start?” Charles Osgood asks.

“I don’t pretend to have the answer in terms of legislation. I just start by trying to point out the benefits and to just say ‘Let’s remember the Sabbath. Let’s remember what it did for us in the past. And let’s think about what it could do for us in the future,'” Shulevitz explains.

“It’s fast becoming like other days, because of the commercialization of Sunday,” says Miller. “We’re losing a day of rest. We’re sort of ‘on’ all the time now. What effect does this have on our psyche? So I think we are losing something.”

Which brings us back to the Puritans of the 1630s: their measures may now seem extreme, but what if they were actually onto something?”

One hundred and thirty years ago (1889) Seventh-day Adventists were told “There are many, even of those engaged in this movement for Sunday enforcement, who are blinded to the results which will follow this action. They do not see that they are striking directly against religious liberty. There are many who have never understood the claims of the Bible Sabbath and the false foundation upon which the Sunday institution rests. . . .

“Those who are making an effort to change the Constitution and secure a law enforcing Sunday observance little realize what will be the result.”  {Testimonies for the Church, 5:711, 753.

For more information see Last Day Events, Chapter 9- Sunday Laws.

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