Discussion Question: Would an official Sunday “day of rest” alienate believers who observe a different day of worship?
The European Sunday Alliance — a network of 65 civil society organizations, trade unions and Churches— recently made a pitch for “work free Sundays” to the European Union’s Economic and Social Committee in Brussels. The newly formed Alliance argued that a common day of rest would result in healthier families, a more cohesive society, and a more balance lifestyle for everyone. Does this call for an official day of rest marginalize the millions of European Muslims, Jews, and Seventh-day Adventists who observe a day other than Sunday as their day of worship?
For Seventh-day Adventists the call of the European Sunday Alliance for Sunday as an official day of rest is confirmation that we are moving rapidly toward a prophesied final period of religious compulsion in the Christian world. Students of history may wonder why a Europe that has come so far since the narrowness of the dark ages and the Inquisition would with this proposal risk a return to those days. Defenders of religious liberty and a healthy separation of church and state cannot ignore the role of church groups here in promoting their sacred day for a civil list—we must cry foul.
Author: Lincoln E. Steed
Editor, Liberty Magazine
Lincoln E. Steed is the editor of Liberty magazine, a 200,000 circulation religious liberty journal which is distributed to political leaders, judiciary, lawyers and other thought leaders in North America. He is additionally the host of the weekly 3ABN television show "The Liberty Insider," and the radio program "Lifequest Liberty."