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Honoring God in Honoring the Sabbath

Honoring God in Honoring the Sabbath
In an interesting turn of events, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a lawsuit against a trucking company for denying accommodation for the religious beliefs of one of its employees. The allegation was made on behalf of a Hebrew Pentecostal, Leroy Lawson, who was employed in 2012 as a driver. Lawson had clearly stated before he accepted the job that he could not work on Sabbath, from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday.

However, about one month after his employment, the company required all its employees to work on a Saturday and Lawson complied. Following that day of work, he reiterated his desire to keep the Sabbath holy and stated that he would not be able to work again on a Saturday. Over a year later, when a similar situation arose, he refused to work during the Sabbath hours.

When the owner of the company heard about Lawson’s refusal to work on Saturday, he allegedly directed the supervisor to fire him. Now, several years later, the EEOC is taking the case to court in an effort to get fair compensation for Lawson. The trucking company has not made any comments on the situation at this time.

While we all love stories where the hero does all the right things, this story shares the real conflict that each of us face in making daily decisions to honor God in spite of the consequences. Abraham, David, and Esther are examples of many other champions of faith who endured the very real struggle between honoring God and meeting the expectations of men and who were victorious in the end (Hebrews 11).

The beauty of the Sabbath is that it is a reoccurring opportunity to renew our covenant with God and show our loyalty to Him.  Each week we have a new Sabbath and a new choice to make, a new chance to show the world who has first place in our lives (Ezekial 20:20). God is always faithful in keeping His promises with us. He is looking for people who will be faithful to Him and will honor Him by keeping His law.

Do you know someone who is struggling with being faithful to all God’s requirements? Take a moment to remind them that it is a daily choice to honor God and share with them this article—click here to get started.
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