The Lords day

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  1. Rich_UK

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    What is your opinion on whether a person has to work sunday or not. If a person does shift work and their shift includes sunday nights, should the person tell their employer that they cannot work sundays out of keeping the Lords day a day of respite from the usual daily routines?

    Just seeking your thoughts.
     
  2. Matt Black

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    Depends what sort of work you do. If you are in an industry that provides an essential service eg: nursing, then I think you have a duty to work on Sundays if so required by the job; people don't suddenly stop being ill on a Sunday! If however you are in an industry where it's simply a matter of opening an extra day to get more profit, then you have a positive duty to refuse to work - and you would have the weight of the law to back you up

    Yours in Christ

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    I occasionally work on Sunday. I am in a service industry that requires oncall type work, and so when the pager goes off, I sometimes have to go.

    I make every effort to schedule my work around church wherever possible, and I do not forsake the assembling of ourselves together. My highest priority is being in church, so I am there unless it absolutely cannot be done.

    If I had a job that made Sunday work a regular occasion, I would either make attempts to work out the schedule or find a different job. That is how strongly I feel about being faithful to my church, but I have no problem with those who do have to work on Sunday and can work around church schedule.

    The early church met in the evening because of those who had to work, especially those who were servants and had no choice in when they worked.
    The current 9:30 10:45 6(7)Pm schedule might work for most people who work the typical 5 day 40 hour week, but it certainly isn't a biblical mandate. Some churches take into account those who have a third shift job that starts Sunday night/monday morning. I have a friend who doesn't always make Sunday night church, since with his third shift schedule his is usually sleeping in the evening before work. But many times he skips his sleeping time to be in the service. I don't view it as a right/wrong issue.
     
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    Working in service industries is perfectly acceptable as mentioned byb Matt Black and Super Dave.

    The problem comes about when YOU make the decision to work on the Lords day. Your treasure is where your heart is. We can all use extra money. I am in a service industry also and I work Saturday nights. I really have to push myself to get in and teach Sunday school in a coherant fashion. It's a commitment.

    I gave up a big paying profession. One that my unsaved brother is making 6 figures. It requires nights and weekends. I work third shift which gives me more time with my daughter, allows me to take her and pick her up from school, have breakfast and supper with her and see her off to bed. I make alot less money but I have time (although I push it) to serve God and be there for my family.

    God will bless your sacrifices when you try to do right. Pray about it and take a leap of faith. It is always better to be off on the Lords day if you can.
     
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    Just curious, what law is that?
     
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    I am currently working now, on third shift. I work Tuesday through Sunday nights, monitoring the alarm systems for the school district. I work an essential part of keeping the schools secure through the night; I am sure that burglars don't take weekends or nights off!

    I am not one who believes that working on Sunday is a sin for any profession. :eek:
     
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    Sure hope that if I am in the hospital and in surgery that the doctor agrees with you when the clock goes past midnight.

    Wouldn't it be Sunday somewhere on this earth for 48 hours each week?
     
  8. Rich_UK

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    Well my job is night concierge in a government residential building. I work on a rota of 8 nights on, 4 nights off, then 7 nights on, 2 nights off. The job involves sitting down all night, reading the BB on my laptop, and watching dvds. Simply put, the job involves nothing because everyone in the building is asleep so I'm free to study and such, all night.

    Thing is, the rota doesn't change so I don't really work sundays out of choice. If I could choose not to work sundays then I would definetley do so as I don't feel comfortable with it totally but thats probably because some people frown upon it, probably wondering why I'm working on the Lords day, or if I'm doing it out of wanting more money. Money is definetley not the issue at all. I earn a good salary because its night work and because its an important job where we control the security of the building where members of parliment, tv stars, royals, and dignitaries, all have apartements so I would definetley take a cut in pay if I could choose not to work sunday. It just doesn't seem feasable though. Everyones shift (and theres around 12 of us altogether) involves working some sundays in the month. Of course, if I felt it truly was Gods will that I don't do it, or I felt heavily convicted that it was wrong, then I'd have to change jobs.
     
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    LRL71 can you get me hooked up with work with you. I don't particularly like working nights, and I know nothing of alarm systems....but....I'd love to live in florida [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] :cool:
     
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    Sure hope that if I am in the hospital and in surgery that the doctor agrees with you when the clock goes past midnight.

    </font>[/QUOTE]Methinks that you misread my original post....
    please re-read it!

    I said...., "I am not one who believes that working on a Sunday is a sin for any profession".
     
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    Well, I work alone; I only have about 400 separate accounts and 70 different schools & school board properties to monitor. Unfortunately, there aren't any jobs in my department. You can move to Florida anytime, though! :D
     
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    Maybe someday :cool: [​IMG]
     
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    Does the Bible forbid working on the Lords Day? Considering that the Lords Day and the Sabbath are two different things?
     
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    It isn't forbidden as we are in the age of grace. It is however the Lord's day and if we don't have to work, we shouldn't.
     
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    The whole not working on the Lord's day is an attempt to apply the principles of Sabbath observance from Israel to the Church. It has become part of our "Baptist Subculture" in recent years.

    In the early church, the believers were a minority in their culture and did not have the option of NOT working on the Lord's day (surprised someone has not found this thread and insisted that the Lord's day is Saturday!).

    In any case, the Jewish Sabbath was not a Day of Worship or Service to the Lord! It was a day rest, period.

    YOU WILL SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES IN VAIN FOR ANY INDICATION THAT BELIEVERS ARE TO FOLLOW SABBATH GUIDELINES IN OBSERVING THE LORD'S DAY.
     
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    RichUK,

    I lived in Florida for about half of my life. Here is a sign that someone saw recently in Florida...

    1 Charley
    2 Frances
    3 Ivan
    4 Sale!

    The mountains of N.E. Georgia are much better! But then we do occasionally get snow, YIPEEE! Grab the sleds kids, let's go!!!
     
  17. Daniel David

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    Every day is the same. Anyone can work on any day. The sabbath was done away with and the Lord's day is just a day for believer's to gather together.
     
  18. rjprince

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    I made some pretty strong statements at the bottom of p. 1. Anybody else gonna respond?
     
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    we were thinkin of moving to Florida from NC, but chose Colorado instead! Colorado is a NICE place! Move here instead!
     
  20. Daniel David

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    rjprince, you are correct. I just preached a sermon on the theology of the Sabbath by doing a chronological study of the Bible.

    Consider Christ's usage of a familiar verse:

    Come to me all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest (sabbath).

    They had a sabbath and yet Christ was offering HIS sabbath. Kind of makes the Jewish sabbath (which was tied to the land of palestine anyway) rather irrelevant (except to legalists).
     

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