Thursday, January 26, 2017

The Holy Sabbath and Social Order

As I read through Pink's introduction to The Holy Sabbath, I find his analysis of how The Lord's Day impacts society in general interesting in light of all of the disorderly protests in America this past year.  He writes (p. 4-5):

"Furthermore, since the Sabbath alone release hundreds of the disciples of Christ from secular labours to employ a part of their energies in the instructing of the ignorant, who can say how much of the religious knowledge and moral principle which still exists in our nation, is instrumentally due to the institution of this Sacred Rest?  Godliness has never flourished in the world from its foundation till now, nor will it ever do so, without a due attendance upon this divine ordinance, and it requires very little perspicuity to foresee what increasing disorder and disaster will yet ensue if it be totally disregarded.  It is an incontestable fact that the times when the Sabbath's sanctity was most faithfully proclaimed and maintained in the British Isles--and we may add, in the U.S.A.--were those in which true spirituality was healthiest and vital godliness was in its most flourishing state.  The men to whom, under God, we owe this, are the ones whose writings are still among the most precious treasures of English religious literature.  A right observance of the Lord's Day lies at the foundation of national happiness and prosperity.  So prolific of good is this blessed day that its powerful influences on the well-being of our country vitally affects its spiritual intelligence, the morality of its social order, and the liberties of its people."

So according to Pink (who published this excerpt in 1939), we don't achieve social order by giving in to the demands from unruly protesters, but by reinstating the observance of The Lord's Day.  Now, I'm not advocating theonomy by any means, but bringing back the blue laws, or Sunday laws, could be a step in the right direction for America.  Rather than being exclusively self-focused, it would cause our nation to consider (be it positively or negatively) the One, True, Triune God at least one day a week.

"If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words: Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it," (Isa. 58:13-14).