Legalistic Sundays

God created Sundays for four things: worship, family, rest, and televised NFL games in the fall. Never content to leave well enough alone, state legislatures have provided more detail for how we are to honor the Lord’s Day. All across the fruited plain, we have great laws that make Sunday the sacred event God intended.

Let’s review. In Vermont, it is illegal to deny the existence of God. In Alabama, it is against the law to spit on the floor of a church. In Georgia, you can’t carry an ice cream cone in your pocket on a Sunday. It is a crime to ride a merry-go-round on Sundays in Idaho. In Indiana, if you use the Lord’s name in vain on a Sunday, the fine is $3 for each offense, with a maximum fine of $10 per Sunday. In California, animals cannot mate within 1,500 feet of a church on a Sunday. In Virginia, it is unlawful to conduct business on a Sunday, with the exception of almost every industry. And you cannot hunt any animal except raccoons, which may be hunted until 2:00 a.m.

But I am from Texas, where the law simply states that one must acknowledge a supreme being in order to hold public office.

The Bible says, “Remember the Sabbath Day by keeping it holy” (Exodus 20:8). The Lord’s Day is a holy day. So you have two choices. You can brush up on your state’s laws about how to handle animals and where to spit on Sundays. Or you can go with your heart, and chase after God every Sunday. Better yet, do it every day of the week.

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