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Q: Doing secular things on the Sabbath?
A: Dear Alexa,
When it comes to knowing what to do on the Sabbath, you need to keep in mind the principle of true Sabbath keeping. The Bible says that God “hallowed” the Sabbath day, or “sanctified” it. That means He set it apart from the other days for a holy purpose. The purpose is to give us time to spend with Him, getting to know Him better, and building our relationship with Him. This is the reason we are commanded not to work on the Sabbath. The Bible also tells us that we should not seek our own pleasure on the Sabbath (doing the things we do every other day of the week – Isaiah 58:13), so we can focus on building our relationship with God. So the question we need to ask is, “Will singing secular songs help to build my relationship with Jesus?” I think the answer is an obvious “No”. The word secular is used to describe things that are not spiritual, and secular music often glorifies many of the very things Jesus died for on the cross.

You need to remember that what our friends or family members do may not be what God asks us to do. We should be careful not to be judgmental of what they do, because they may not know any better than we knew. Yet at the same time we need to follow what we know to be true, and be a good example to those we love, praying that God will use our example to help them to become closer to Him.
Thanks for writing, and remember, there's never been a better time to share Jesus!

Your friend,
Pastor Howard

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*Note: All Scripture references are from the English Standard Version unless otherwise indicated.