A Christian writes on reddit:
Currently I am in a dilemma. I want to keep the sabbath holy and honor the word of God, however I also unfortunately have sporting events/showcases that take place on the day of the sabbath, and I personally have a great chance to play at a very high level for my respective sport. If anyone has had anything similar occur with them, or just wants to give advice, any help is appreciated. Thank you and God bless you all!
My response. Look at the intent behind the Sabbath.
Exodus 20:8 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
The Jews keep it on Saturday. Christians moved it to Sunday (even though God “rested” from raising Jesus on Saturday).
Jesus notes the intent of the Sabbath is that it is made for man not man for the Sabbath.
Mark 2:25 He answered, “Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need? 26 In the days of Abiathar the high priest, he entered the house of God and ate the consecrated bread, which is lawful only for priests to eat. And he also gave some to his companions.”
27 Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. 28 So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.”
Here’s a simple question: Is there a difference between Saturday or Sunday? Not really. The intent is to honor God and to rest just as God rested.
Thus, move your Sabbath to Saturday or another day of the week.
What I am curious about is if my readers agree/disagree with this.
I think there is an adequate case to be made that the intent of the command is that we are to honor God and rest. It doesn’t matter which day it is done. There is freedom in Christ for this.
I think it is probably best done Sunday if possible, so we can worship and fellowship with other believers. But it does not always have to be that way.