Breaking News: As the Muslims in our country proceed with Ramadan, the Mayor of London – Sadiq Khan – has told the media that he too is fasting. However, the government is deciding to break down and rid Sundays for financial gain, says a mission leader in London – Graham Miller. He believes that our government is discouraging people to go to Church, as it is now becoming a thing of the past, a worrying phenomenon.
The Sunday blessing and following that Christianity devotes a day to, to go to Mass and pray with our Lord, is being ignored and shunned upon as increasing amounts of stigma is now being attached to the idea. People say the government is working towards a social movement, a modern-day phenomenon instead, which works on a fast-paced society that now has little to no time for religion or to practice their faith. This is a destructive and scary move forward that needs urgent addressing. The fact that Sunday’s are being pushed aside shows that the government wish to utilise the day Sunday to their own benefit, for financial gain and in hope that people will shop and spend their money more on this day as it classes as a ‘weekend’. Have shopping centres become the new church, the new place of worship?
It has even got to the point where people are belittled in the workplace when asking for a day off on the Sunday, to go to church and practice their religious faith. Employers aren’t very understanding and allow little space for their employees to explain their circumstances. Employees are deemed as unprofessional, problematic and old-fashioned, especially when pleading in cover letters, as it is the only form of communication for many people in the workplace. The situation is worsening and action desperately needs to be taken.
Graham Miller, CEO of London City Mission, says that “Sunday being treated as an anachronism de-sacralises Sundays”. Decisions and motives are being made and projected without taking the society and their wellbeing into consideration. What about the upbringing of future generations and teaching them right from wrong, heartfelt morals that can give children and parents and all other members of society a degree of hope and faith that their futures are bright? People are lacking belief systems, narrowing their minds and stripping away all sense of hope.
The Boss of the city’s mission continues: “we underestimate the wonderful impact churches have in our communities.
“We talk about having a big society and churches being part of that, but then we take an axe to the tree and make life more difficult for those very churches.”
Working on a Sunday has become a normal trend and more pressure is rising leaving individuals and groups of people with no choice but to accept and abide, as they need income to survive and feed their families. People are being faced with an ultimatum; they either work the Sunday or have no job. His or her decision is then pretty straightforward once hearing that, which is a cruel thing to put on anyone and these sort of ultimatums being said need to stop!!!
Believers of church and those who are standing up to this awful treatment say, “Well, if you are going to be put in that position, choosing between work or church, you don’t take that job.”’ It’s simple really. As human beings we need to understand one another, have a compassionate heart and encourage religious practice. The act of meeting regularly for worship services holds each congregation together. At the assembly on Friday, Saturday or Sunday the members see each other, become familiar with each other’s faces, and keep up to date on each other’s life passages — new babies, children moved away or come home again, people ill or recovered. And they note each other’s needs. This is what the world needs more of!
Heritage.org says that “Of particular note are the studies that indicate the benefits of Religion to the poor. Regular attendance at religious services is linked to healthy, stable family life, strong marriages, and well-behaved children. The practice of Religion also leads to a reduction in the incidence of domestic abuse, crime, substance abuse, and addiction. In addition, religious practice leads to an increase in physical and mental health, longevity, and education attainment. Moreover, these effects are intergenerational, as grandparents and parents pass on the benefits to the next generations.”
So lets change this frightening mentality and spread His Word, spread Christianity and the benefits of church for shall we will spread love, peace and faith throughout the world by carrying out this Rightful Act of God!
Written by Gemma Smith