“If you… call the Sabbath a delight… then you shall take delight in the Lord,
and I will make you ride on the heights of the earth” (Isa. 58: 13-14)
Like many church kids, I grew up in the context of a pretty good evangelical church. The Bible was preached – especially the New Testament – and the work of Jesus was regularly taught. Much of the Old Testament, however, remained quite a mystery.
While a little vague, there was a general sense that Christians didn’t need to take the Ten Commandments seriously. What was clear, however, was that the Sabbath Day was a relic of a shadowy and legalistic Old Testament time completely foreign to New Testament believers.
As a surfer (first) and a professing Christian (second), the last thing on my mind was taking any ‘holy day’ idea seriously! Not only could I argue that being filled with the Spirit meant I didn’t need any such special day, it would also mean sacrificing 50% of my time in the water each weekend (which, of course, was only a secondary consideration J).
That was […]