Research, the Supreme Court, and the Bible all agree that a day of rest has huge benefits for people. In 1961, The Supreme Court of the United States ruled as legal laws that restrict commercial activities on Sunday. It said while such laws originated to encourage church attendance, they also provide a uniform day of rest for all citizens on a secular basis. It said a day of rest helps promote the secular values of health, safety, recreation, and general wellbeing. Long ago, God instructed ancient Israel to observe a day of rest. Apparently, the Sabbath preceded giving the Law through Moses. God knew that when people suspend work they refresh their body, mind, and spirit. We read in Exodus 16:29, God said, “They must realize that the Sabbath is the Lord’s gift to you.” Observing a day of rest reminds us we are more than what we produce during the week. A day of rest is a time to prioritize our life, reflect on what God has enabled us to do, a time to connect with relatives and friends, and to serve others; but most importantly, it’s a time to worship and express gratitude toward God who gives us life and energy to work and function all week.

Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr. is the founder and chairman of UMI (Urban Ministries, Inc.). Under his direction, UMI has grown to be a leading publisher of Christian education resources for churches in the African American community. Read More

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