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    Those opposing the biblical viewpoint on this matter accused the Christians of trying to impose their values upon the freedom of others. In a reply "letter to the editor," Mr. Thompson wrote the following:

    "It is imperative to understand that voting either for or against open Sunday shopping will force one's values upon others.

    "If one votes 'no,' those in retailing who desire an additional day of business per week will be 'forced' to remain closed. If one votes 'yes,' those in retailing who desire a special non-business devotional and family day will be competitively 'forced' to open, or lose business. Those seeking employment or promotion will be 'forced' to work Sundays or lose their positions.

    "Open Sunday shopping is not a question of whether values will be 'forced' upon others or not, for values will be forced through either a 'yes' or a 'no' vote.

    "The question is one of whose values are more beneficial for society, certain people's or God's? Is it more valuable to guarantee the freedom of one additional business day per week or to secure the freedom of one non-business, devotional and family day each week?

    "The Sunday shopping vote tests each voter's priorities. Which set of values and freedoms are more meaningful to you?"

    When man rejects God's way and attempts to establish his own way, what will be the result? If a weekly Sabbath Day is not observed by a nation, how will its people pay a price: spiritually, emotionally (also family-wise), mentally, and physically?

While our Sunday observance must be strictly adhered to, its obedience must be strictly scriptural. We may not become permissive by taking away from God's Word, but neither may we become legalistic by adding to it. Scripture stresses keeping the Sabbath Day holy, but in a spirit of love and reasonableness. Jesus condemned the legalistic additions of the Pharisees to His law which made God's commandments very "grievous to be borne" (Luke 11 :46); He reminded them that the Sabbath was made for man and not man for the Sabbath" (Mark 2:27).

  • Imperative - Urgently necessary

  • How is the Sunday shopping battle referred to in this letter .a reflection of the war between secular humanism and biblical Christianity taking place in our society today?


    Ye shall not add unto the Word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish aught from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.

    - Deuteronomy 4:2

    For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this Book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this Book.

    And if any man shall take away from the words of the Book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the Book of Life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this Book.

    - Revelation 22: 18-19


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