5 One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. 6 He who regards one day as special, does so to the Lord. He who eats meat, eats to the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who abstains, does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God. 7 For none of us lives to himself alone and none of us dies to himself alone. 8 If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.
The reason it came up in our household was that we were talking about Christmas gatherings in the future and as our children get older, they will undoubtably begin to find jobs and likely work on Sundays. We realized that they may not have been raised with the same outlook or convictions about Sundays. We also realized that our own practices, including the fact that we do shopping on Sunday, will not have set Sunday apart for our kids. We have not been good at setting aside the Sabbath as holy and different from the rest of the week. In fact because Conrad's store is closed on Sunday and a guaranteed day he is home, it becomes a day for us to get things done. We have not done a very good job at setting our kids up to observe a day of rest....although Sunday afternoon naps have become more frequent in the last few years, lol.
This commentary has this to say:
"One person may have grown up in a strict home where nothing could be done on Sunday. But after he or she grew in their own convictions, that was not such a binding restriction, although they still might not do certain things on Sunday because there are other Christians out there who would be bothered by it. Or, some people need the period of Lent for their amendment of life. If it is helpful for spiritual growth, fine. But if someone gives something up for lent, that has to be explained properly. If one needed to give it up in Christian piety, perhaps it should have been given up earlier—why wait till lent? There is much more to all of this, of course, but these are the kinds of issues Paul is addressing in this passage. The main point is that we are not all the same in our outlook on spiritual growth—how it is to be developed and what our convictions are; and if we start judging and criticizing others for the way they see it, or considering ourselves more spiritual, then that is wrong. Remember, we are talking here about doubtful things. This teaching of acceptance would not apply for someone teaching what is clearly false doctrine, or someone living in what the Bible clearly says is sin."
Have I just given in to society's pressure to make all days equal? Have I tainted my children's view of keeping the Sabbath holy? I'm not sure.
Again, this commentary adds:
Good thoughts to chew on.
Tomorrow's scripture focus: Romans 14: 9-12