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A Sunday Work Ban?

A Sunday Work Ban?
Most of Europe is very secular, but this trend might be slowly changing. Solidarity, a Polish work union, has presented a draft of a new law to the parliament that would ban trading on Sunday. If passed, the law would permit only essential trading—such as pharmacies and small markets. People who violate the law would face punishments of up to two years in prison.

This ban has support from the religious front. Catholic Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki told Polish Radio, “Free Sundays is what all Catholics, non-Catholics, and non-believers need.” The argument focuses on the physical and social well-being of workers, but the implications should raise warning flags for Bible believers. While the proposed law sounds very nice and applies equally to everyone, it only accommodates a specific group of people. It ignores the desires of Sabbathkeepers or Muslims who would prefer to have Saturday or Friday free—and to be able to work on Sunday.

While the idea of a universal holiday sounds appealing, we need to think through the repercussions. Sabbathkeepers aware of last-day events and the mark of the beast often have ingrained ideas about how the final days of earth will play out—but we need to be on the alert, because Jesus warned us that even the most faithful Bible students are in danger of being deceived (Mark 13:22).

Students of Revelation understand that the beast power in Revelation 13 will control commerce so “that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name” (Revelation 13:17). Even though the implications of this seem dire, Revelation presents a beautiful picture of hope. “I saw something like a sea of glass mingled with fire, and those who have the victory over the beast, over his image and over his mark and over the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass, having harps of God” (Revelation 15:2).

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