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Sabbath Rest

Sundays are designed to be a day of rest in the Christian tradition. The idea was to transfer the biblical concept of Sabbath to the first day of the week, when the church traditionally gathers to celebrate the resurrection of our Leader. (See Exodus 20:8-11, for example.)

But like so many other good intentions in Christendom, this day of rest and worship has become a free day from work to fill with activities and busyness that rival any work day. If "going to church" is still part of your family tradition, you attend before or after a big meal and/or some form of entertainment. (I still believe more people go through movie theaters on the weekend than all the church attenders combined. In my community, fitness centers are a close second.)

Yes, we professional religious people are as much to blame as the religious leaders of Jesus' day who  turned God's intention for Sabbath rest on its ear with rules that, if not followed, condemned you to some sort of religious imp…