Are we losing the battle for Sundays? Children, especially teenage children, are being asked with increasing frequency to participate in school activities, club sports, and minimum wage jobs on Sundays. This issue is not entirely new, of course, but Sunday encroachments seem more pervasive than ever. I have an idea that might win Sunday Sabbath observers some new allies: Family Day.
This idea first occurred to me when we lived in Oregon. Our oldest son wanted to enroll in the local Tiger Cub program, but some of the other parents proposed scheduling all of the activities on Sunday. We had warned our son that this might happen, and he asked us to press the issue. At the first organizational meeting, we announced that we would not be able to participate if the activities were scheduled for Sundays. Several other parents chimed in, noting that they usually reserved Sundays for family activities. One mother referred to Sunday as “Family Day.” This sentiment gained momentum until most of the activities were rescheduled.
Over the course of my parenting life, I have encountered similar challenges to Sabbath observance on a regular basis. I have dealt with potential Sunday encroachments by teaching my children the spiritual benefits of Sabbath observance, and this has worked pretty well for my family. But the costs of Sabbath observance seem to be escalating.
I wonder whether we might gain back some lost ground by partnering with people who value Sundays as Family Days.