Jonathan Edwards and Resolutions (38): The Lord's Day
38. Resolved, never to speak anything that is ridiculous, sportive, or matter of laughter on the Lord’s day. Sabbath evening, Dec. 23, 1722.
This particular resolution may seem a bit overdramatic to some of you but think of the context we now live in. We live in a day and age where the enemy uses various distractions to prohibit our spiritual rest on the Lord's Day. He knows that if he can prohibit our weekly rest, burn-out will follow.
Since the resurrection of Jesus, God's church has gathered corporately on the first day of the week to glorify God, be conformed more into the image of Jesus, and be spiritually charged for Monday to Saturday. The Lord instituted this Day and it truly is good for us.
Yet, we are largely absent from this Day. We do not see its nourishing value and we do not feel the weight of our disobedience as we neglect it (until we end up burned-out).
Let's just take sports for instance. This is especially relevant since the Superbowl just happened. Our Lord's Day worship can be consumed with more of a mindfulness of the NFL than with the glory of God and the restorative work the Lord does in our souls on that special day. We busy our Sunday schedule up with activities that God did not prescribe for us on that sacred day and in doing so we neglect His prescription of Word, sacrament, and prayer. Possibly the biggest tragedy of this is that we do not even realize the banquet we're missing out on.
Think about children's sports too. Sunday is skipped in our culture when the kids have soccer. We prioritize fleeting pleasures over our Sunday corporate worship all the time. I am not saying sports are bad by any means, what I am saying is that our obsession with the sports (and other pursuits) on the Lord's Day is a symptom of a larger problem. The problem is not that we may take that Day of corporate worship too seriously, it is that we do not take is seriously enough.