Secular People Need Sabbaths, Too


Internet fasting. Experiments in chastity. Meatless Mondays. Nonreligious people are seeing the personal benefits of Christianity, even if they don't have the whole story.

by Amy Julia Becker

It’s taken years for me to integrate Sabbath-keeping into my week. For most of my life, I have attended a church service on Sundays, but otherwise Sundays haven't been distinct. In recent years, though, ceasing from work, resting, and celebrating God’s goodness on Sundays has gained importance in our family. It's become a day when we worship with our church community, eat a midday meal, nap or read for a long portion of the afternoon, and enjoy time together in the early evening. As I’ve written elsewhere, we try to avoid purchasing things on Sundays. We also try to avoid e-mail. I’ve taken to giving our household appliances a rest. The laundry can wait.

American culture doesn’t share my family's appreciation for the Sabbath. I routinely pass a highway billboard from People’s Bank extolling their around-the-clock services. They boast that if there were eight days in a week, they’d be open all eight days. We live in a 24-7 era. We may only report to an office five days a week, but most people are “on” all the time, via the internet, cell phones, and retail establishments…


          Her.meneutics: Secular People Need Sabbaths, Too