Thursday, October 11th, 2012
Tough Questions For Christian Performers (Part 5)
Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God.
Exodus 20:8-10 (NKJV)
Then He said to them, 'What man is there among you who has one sheep, and if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will not lay hold of it and lift it out? Of how much more value then is a man than a sheep? Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.'
Matthew 12:11-12 (NKJV)
But now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by, so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter.
Romans 7:6 (NKJV)
Chick-fil-A and Hobby Lobby are two of the largest Christian companies that close on Sunday. Respecting the Sabbath is their rule. It is also the rule for many Jewish businesses, but their Sabbath (Shabbat) goes from sundown on Friday until Saturday night.
However, AMTC's doors are open on Sundays. We believe we are doing good work that honors God, and it is necessary for us. It is also necessary for many God-fearing families and performers. It's a job requirement. So who is right and what is wrong in the Eyes of God?
Among the religious leaders in Jesus' time, accusing fingers pointed at the King for His work on the Sabbath. Harsh words tried to pin Him down. But nothing could pin down God's Rising Star but His Own submission to the cross. And even that did not hold Him. Those nails became spark plugs shooting Him skyward.
Tough Question #5: Is it right for Christians in general or Christian performers in particular to work on Sundays?
This is a debatable question, and the Bible says to avoid 'Disputes over doubtful things' (Romans 14:1)--especially within the brotherhood of faith. In the New King James version (NKJV), sections have titles. Romans 14:1-13 is called 'The Law of Liberty.' To me, the question of Sabbath work is resolved by the following scripture:
'One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind. He who observes the day, observes it to the Lord; and he who does not observe the day, to the Lord he does not observe it' (Romans 14:5-6).
Since we are told in both Testaments to 'Seek peace and pursue it' (Psalm 34:14, 1 Peter 3:11), let us follow these words of God: 'But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you show contempt for your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ' (Romans 14:10).
Each ambassador of Christ must be convicted by his own conscience and led by the Holy Spirit. In the meantime (yes, this is a 'mean time'), maintain unity and peace within the Body of Christ. Because unity, peace, and love are attractive to outsiders looking in. Aren't we supposed to look like Jesus?
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Tough Questions For Christian Performers series.