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Sabbath Keeping in High Places

Sabbath Keeping in High Places
Can seventh-day Sabbath keepers who work in upper levels of political administration truly obey the fourth commandment? Much has been said in the news about newly elected President Donald Trump’s appointment of his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, as a senior White House adviser. Kushner is an Orthodox Jew and is married to Trump’s daughter, Ivanka. She converted to Judaism when she married her husband.

In a 2015 Vogue interview, she explains how they keep the Sabbath in their home—turning off their phones and disconnecting from their regularly weekly activities. It’s family time, and business activities are put aside. Another Sabbath keeper in the new administration is Ben Carson, newly nominated U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Barry Black, the 62nd chaplain of the Senate, is also a Sabbath keeper, along with many others in both chambers of congress.

The Bible often presents God’s people—those who kept His commandments—as civil servants. Joseph was second in command under the pharaoh of Egypt during the time of a great famine. (See Genesis 41:39–41.) Daniel also was placed in a high civil position in the government of Babylon and brought good to this nation. (See Daniel 2:48.) Esther was the queen of Persia and her cousin, Mordecai, who worked at the king’s gate, became second in command. (See Esther 10:3.)

Serving in a political office isn’t always smooth sailing. Honoring God above the government can cause conflicts. Daniel’s three friends, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, though they were “set over the affairs of the province of Babylon” (Daniel 3:12), refused to bow down to a gold idol set up by King Nebuchadnezzar. But for God’s miraculous intervention, it would have cost them their lives.

Whatever position you occupy as a Sabbath keeper—whether in your family, in the marketplace, or in a high government position—you can be a witness for God and benefit your community by keeping the seventh day holy. Let’s pray for those who seek to honor the Lord and obey the fourth commandment.

How can we honor the Sabbath even in difficult circumstances? Watch “Bowing to Babylon” to learn more.