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Social Status and the Sabbath

Social Status and the Sabbath
Recent media attention has highlighted the Sabbath-keeping practices of high-profile religious Jews navigating the challenging role of public life. Married couple Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner recently traveled on Air Force One on the Sabbath, an activity normally prohibited in their belief system.

Several Jewish leaders have voiced their concerns about how this exception made for “work” will influence and affect thousands of other Sabbath-keepers who refrain from work on the Sabbath because of religious conviction. The growing apprehension centers on the issue of religious liberty and the right for people to live according to their conscience. According to reports, the Kushners are not making their decisions based on their own conscience, but by another person’s permission.

While it is not our place to make judgments, we should remember the value of transparency and authenticity in our own lives and the vital importance of basing our decisions on God’s Word, rather than on man’s opinions. Jesus addressed this issue when His disciples were eating in a field on Sabbath. According to the “rules,” they were harvesting (Mark 2:23–28).  But Jesus reminded the religious leaders that they had missed the key point in several biblical stories, that “the Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.” (Mark 2:28)

Often people confuse grace, law-keeping, and the Sabbath! They miss the point of the Sabbath and focus on things that are not vital. The Sabbath is a key issue in God’s kingdom because it addresses the subject of freedom of choice, and keeping it demonstrates where each person’s loyalties lay. The apostle John tells us, “Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus” (Revelation 14:12).

Do you have family or friends that are still unsure about how God’s grace and the Sabbath are connected? You will find this great resource helpful to share with them—click here to read "Does God's Grace Blot Our the Law?"