Saw on Yahoo! News today that some states are considering giving up some of their lingering Blue Laws — that is, laws that prohibit the sale of some items on Sunday — due to the current economic distress. Read all about it here: “Will Recession Doom the Last Sunday Blue Laws?”
It really is an interesting question. The same circumstance — the global economic downturn — is motivating others in the realm of religion to press even harder for an increase in such forced-rest Sunday laws. As I mentioned in my unnecessarily wordy post “2008 in Prophetic Review” the European Episcopal Commission, or COMECE, is pressing for Sunday-protection laws, both as a human rights issue in an age in which temptation to take advantage of workers will grow due to economic pressures, and as a “European values” issue in an age when the culture of Europe is under threat from a variety of external forces. (More can be read in the articles “Church representatives meet the French EU-presidency” and “The financial crisis is a test for the values of European society”.) Recently, President Sarkozy ran into such culture issues in his attempt to get France working more — discussed briefly in a cutely titled Time article: “Sunday Shopping? France Says Non.”
Regardless of how the economic tensions of the day pull things for a time, ultimately there will be forced Sunday rest for Western civilization in the much-discussed but little-understood mark of the Beast described in Revelation. For anyone interested in this or related topics, I recommend some of our free booklets available on our website (click on the “Tomorrow’s World” or “Booklets” links):
- The Beast of Revelation: Myth, Metaphor, or Soon-Coming Reality?
- Revelation: The Mystery Unveiled
- Who or What is the Antichrist?
Me? I keep the Biblical, seventh-day Sabbath. We have a booklet on that, too:
(Regardless of what you think on the matter, it won’t be long before you’ll have to take a side in the Sunday/Sabbath debate. I suggest that you consider what side God is on and pick that one.)