LANGEVIN: Sundays in the old world

“Remove not the ancient landmark which your fathers have set.” Proverbs 22:28

  Some years ago I read a book written by a missionary who was working in the region of Lake Winnipeg. During the summer he and his people would run barges across the lake carrying goods and cargo for a large trading company. Naturally, because of the short season there was a big push to get as much cargo across the lake as possible before the winter set in. However, he would not allow his men to work on Sundays (the Lord’s Day) in compliance with the instructions of the Bible and to give his men one day of rest in seven. The company was angry with him because of their press for time; furthermore, none of the other barge crews were taking a day off. Finally they backed off and left him alone. They could not refute the figures. His crew met all their quotas and were never late. They had less breakdowns, sickness and accidents among the workers than all the other crews.

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  Well, I for one have caved to some extent to the false convenience of this ever changing tide. I have to ask, how much did we gain from what we lost? 

  Those of us who remember the old world can recall the days when society was vastly different from today. Sundays were a day of worship and relaxation for the entire community. People would rise up early on Sunday morning and go to their various Churches, then return home for a good family dinner. Afterwards we would go outside and play while the adults would visit and socialize.  On Sundays and other holidays, aside from critical services like the police, hospitals, and the fire department, the only things that were open were restaurants, gas stations, and some convenience stores. True, the world was not perfect then, but I have lived in both worlds, and having lived in the world I grew up in I am grieved that we gave it up for Godlessness and greed, and have become slaves to the machine (Pink Floyd had a good point). The Sabbath was ordained by God as an expression of worship as well as to ensure that every person was able to rest and be refreshed on a community level. He even included the animals. Although days off and holidays are now mandatory, the difference is the disruption of the family, the community, and the worship. Stability is of great importance for the health of any individual and society.        

    Well, although we may never get our Sundays back the old way, we can still find our peace in the Lord Jesus Christ, Who is our Sabbath rest. God loves you so much!

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