Monday, June 20, 2011

Europe Defending Sunday as a day of Rest

A defense of Sunday rest will be launched in Brussels on June 20 by the European Alliance on Sunday. “For the first time, trade unions and churches of Europe are on the same line.” The reasons for the alliance are both religious and socio-political says the Commission of the Bishops of the European Union (COMECE).

The protection of Sunday, whose disappearance in practice as a holiday, would restore an “age-old social benefit,” and denounce the new slavery of “those who work in department stores and entertainment centers.”

“Besides the Catholic Church, various Protestant institutions have joined the initiative.” Spain joined the Workers’ Brotherhood of Catholic Action (HOAC).

“In the last conflict the Sabbath will be the special point of controversy throughout all Christendom. Secular rulers and religious leaders will unite to enforce the observance of the Sunday; and as milder measures fail, the most oppressive laws will be enacted. It will be urged that the few who stand in opposition to an institution of the church and a law of the land ought not to be tolerated… Romanism in the Old World, and apostate Protestantism in the New, will pursue a similar course toward those who honor the divine precepts.” Maranatha, p. 188