Today on Inside United: Realtime, Dennis Luker (who says to “call me Denny”, therefore the title is not intended as a slight or insult) posted the article “The Sacredness of the Sabbath Day”. It is a further clarification on the “Sabbath” paper:
Unfortunately, the inaccurate documents now circulating in some areas only selectively quote from either the original letter or my October 15 letter—choosing to ignore the fact that both letters emphasize the sanctity and sacredness of the Sabbath day. This memo by me seeks to once again clarify the situation. The Sabbath letter was written to explain the background to a situation that had developed in Chile, but it has become a doctrinal issue in the minds of some.
It is obvious that the title could be taken two different ways and would have been clearer if it had stated: “Facts Concerning a Chilean Family’s Personal Sabbath Situation.” The family from Chile was hammered, slandered and vilified over a period of weeks on the Internet concerning how they had handled this situation with the observance of the Sabbath. The implication on the Internet was that the leadership of the Church had given approval of how they handled the family’s situation. Consequently, the leadership was likewise being attacked on this issue.
The letter was written to explain that once their decision was questioned, “given that the family has sought counsel and resolution from Church leaders, the specific issue will follow the traditionally accepted process.”
The Church for many decades has had to render judgments on Sabbath-keeping. The letter was hoping to clarify what happened, to demonstrate the sanctity of the Sabbath, and that an appeal had been made for a judgment in this situation. It was not a letter stating that anyone who has a business can keep it open on the Sabbath or Holy Days.
Furthermore, much to my delight, he posted several links to Sabbath booklets and articles at the end of the article. OK, so maybe I won’t get the Dennis Luker Sabbath sermon I suggested earlier, but I’ll take this as a much more positive sign that the understanding is that clear communication is what is needed right now. This has to be one of the clearest statements to come out from the UCG leadership in months. I hope this trend continues!
Sorry for posting this here, Denny, but the moderators on your official blog seem to not care for much of anything I have to say, good — bad or indifferent.