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May 03

Selling on the Sabbath

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Many years ago I made the decision not to conduct business on Sunday unless it was an emergency. I have always believed that in most instances Christians need to keep the Sabbath holy and avoid work. I personally avoid shopping on Sunday because I don't want to encourage shopkeepers to stay open. I would prefer that they close on Sunday as Chick-fil-A has done.  However, I understand that not everyone will agree with my perspective.


I do review my emails on Sunday, mostly to delete the irrelevant and answer personal messages. Unless something is truly urgent, I don't respond on Sunday; though I may fire back a “received: get back to you on Monday” message.

I also receive solicitations and offers to purchase items including those from Christian organizations on Sunday. Again, I have made the personal decision not to click through on a Sunday because I don't want to encourage Sunday solicitations. My perspective is that Christian organizations should avoid marketing on Sunday. When this question comes up with my clients, I refer them to this passage:

This is what the Lord says: “Be careful not to carry a load on the Sabbath day or bring it through the gates of Jerusalem. Do not bring a load out of your houses or do any work on the Sabbath, but keep the Sabbath day holy, as I commanded your ancestors. Yet they did not listen or pay attention; they were stiff-necked and would not listen or respond to discipline. 

But if you do not obey me to keep the Sabbath day holy by not carrying any load as you come through the gates of Jerusalem on the Sabbath day, then I will kindle an unquenchable fire in the gates of Jerusalem that will consume her fortresses. ”(Jeremiah 17:21-23, 27, NIV)

The Lord's promise is a blessing if we keep the Sabbath; however, there are serious consequences when we ignore the Lord's day.

Part of my work involves marketing franchises to individuals looking to start a business. I know that one of the most effective times to make contact with a lead is Sunday night. They are frequently home and often more open to a conversation about starting a different business, especially if they're not thrilled to go back to their Monday job. Even though I know that Sunday night is a great time to make a contact, I choose not to call people on Sunday. If I'm going to ask the Lord to bless an endeavor, I must take whatever steps I can to operate within the parameters of God's Word. For me this includes avoiding Sunday solicitation.

I don't send emails on Sunday or post items on my website.  I figure that six days a week are enough to accomplish these marketing steps. The world by and large is open for full-scale business on Sunday, but I am called to a higher standard. I believe this includes avoiding Sunday work that's not a legitimate emergency. 

Some may feel I'm being legalistic or inflexible in my interpretation; however, I believe if we want the Lord to bless our business six days a week we should give God our full attention on the Sabbath. If you disagree please feel free to leave a comment. 

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