SW Michigan church leader wants to curb Sunday shopping

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BENTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — The leader of a church in southwestern Michigan says he wants Christians to stop shopping on Sundays.

Willie Lark tells The Herald-Palladium of St. Joseph (http://bit.ly/1Q898Ns ) that he and some of his congregation members have been talking to people after services at area churches for the past two months.

Lark has led The House of Prayer in Benton Township since 2004. He’s also the owner of Lark’s Bar-B-Que in Benton Harbor.

Lark says people often tell him they can’t go to church on Sundays because they have to work. He says that if Christians stop shopping on Sundays it won’t be profitable for businesses to stay open on Sundays. He says “Sunday, which is God’s day, should look different from any other day.”

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16 comments

  • Kevin Rahe

    Bravo! My family has avoided Sunday shopping for some time. Certainly 6 days a week are enough in which to obtain the things a family needs.

  • Barbara

    I believe the bible teaches the seventh day of the week is God’s Holy Day an that we should KEEP it Holy. I agree with this logic if it agrees with the bible. I am not a church goer but a bible reader. Glad they are starting out with trying to spread the word instead of making a law and forcing people to do it. Because God does not force. We are free to decide.

  • Miranda

    What a moron. I don’t impose my views on you, you shouldn’t impose yours on anyone else. Some people need that extra day to get by, you bigot. What happened to not doing harm to others like your book says?

    • Kevin Rahe

      So someone who spends Sunday with God and their family is “imposing their views” on you? Or doing “harm to others?” Sheesh. At least you can’t deny that the almighty exists – it’s you!

      • Miranda

        It’s imposing his views because he wants so many people to not shop on Sunday that stores have to close and those workers can’t work, like his religion says. That is what would do harm, harm to the people who need the extra money that comes from working that day at the stores he wants closed. If you can’t see that some people need that then you don’t realize that maybe they could lose their house or not have food for their children because they didn’t work and you’re not as good of a Christian that you thought you were.

        • Kevin Rahe

          I don’t think that people avoiding shopping on Sunday means they will ultimately buy fewer things, especially things like food and clothing. They will simply buy them other days of the week, which means that there will be more demand for people who now work on Sunday to work other days. It’s still going to be pretty much a zero sum game as far as the total amount of time that people work.

    • Kevin Rahe

      If the Old Testament is the only part of the Bible you accept, then you would be correct in considering Saturday to be the holy day.

      • Tracey

        I believe that Christ and the disciples also kept Saturday. I don’t see anywhere in the New Testament that it was changed. If Christ is our example & we are to follow Him, it would be logical to go to church on Saturday. I figure if the Old Testament was the bible of Christ’s time & He followed it, it would be wise for me to do the same.

        • Kevin Rahe

          Yes, they did. Then Christ instituted a Church, which eventually assembled the Bible as we know it today, as a tool to support the Church’s teachings, one of which is that Sunday is the Holy Day of the New Covenant, which probably has something to do with the fact that that is the day the Christ conquered death.

          • Tracey

            Can you give me a text? It anywhere that says the disciples went to church on Sunday after Christ went back to heaven?

  • Mike Jones

    There’s only one problem I’m having with this article. Sunday is not the Seventh day of the week, it’s the first day of the week. The seventh day of the week is Saturday. Do your research.