Honoring the Lord’s Day in An Age of Sunday Sports

The question, in my mind, is whether churchmen who have taken vows concerning the Westminster Standards’ teaching on the Lord’s Day ought to promote and extol one whose profession demands Sunday work, albeit connected to recreation. This is exactly what happened in the last few days as the Gospel Coalition article about Reich was recommended on social media by PCA teaching elders and others. Some have had personal and professional relationships with Reich. That’s fine. He is admired and well-liked. That’s fine.

…Apart from the fact that some jobs require Christians to work on the Lord’s Day, there is also the fact that some of our choices require others to work. This is surely the case for anything associated with the NFL — the players, legions of support personnel, police officers, vendors, media members, and coaches do not show up minutes before the usual 1 pm Sunday start times. All involved work long, full days. Does the case of Frank Reich make it easier or more difficult for church officers to convince members that they should consider how their own Lord’s Day recreational and commercial choices affect the abilities of others to worship and rest on that day?

Lastly, there is the issue of consistency. Ministers and officers who take confessional vows should think twice before publicly commending activities and choices that contradict the teachings of our standards. No two officers or church members approach the Lord’s Day in exactly the same way. No one believes that they keep the day perfectly or maybe even well. But certain actions and words actually steer others away from our standards’ teachings. We wouldn’t want to do this with any other commandments — the first, the tenth, or any of the rest. Why would we do it — implicitly or explicitly — with the fourth?

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