The way I see it, the injunction not to work on Sundays if possible would logically include making other people work for you in unnecessary secular pursuits. Ok, so try to avoid shopping on Sundays. Inconvenient at times, but not impossible. Now being single, I usually go to Church with my parents on Sundays. They like to go out to eat after Church and so do I, but I don't think I really should (see above). I have expressed my thoughts on the subject and my mother says if they went home, she would have to cook and that is work for her. I would hope hers is a labor of love while the restaurant's employee's are working for cash. Also, I love my mother and don't want to place any extra work on her shoulders if I can help it. I have thought of avoiding the meal, but that is skipping out on valuable family time on Sunday and being a wet blanket to boot. I have considered offering to make breakfast myself, but I am sure my mother would just feel obligated to cook instead then. I would like to hear debate on this.
You know, Luke, this reminds me of the Jewish Sabbath, especially an orthodox one.
I have Orthodox friends who observe the Sabbath. They have the same conundrum that you are explaining. The
way they do it, by being observant to the Old Testament, is they cannot use anything mechanical. And they
cannot use the results of anyone who is doing anything mechanical. They can prepare meals like making a
sandwich, but they cannot heat it up.
They have to walk to the Synagogue. I said "Why don't you hop into a car being driven by someone else."
And they can't do that because the other person is doing the driving.
Then when it comes to cooking or turning on the lights, they leave the lights on before the Sabbath starts, and
they put their water kettle with the gas very low for cooking, so they have hot water to use. In Israel, they cannot push
the button to take the elevator, so on the Sabbath, the elevator stops at every floor without anyone touching
the buttons. I think they call this the Sabbath elevator.
I am not sure you would use these standards though. They are just a point of reference for you.
Hi Marianne et alia,
I find myself wondering how they prepare those sandwiches.