Signs of the Times

The Reverend D. W. Storkey
in The Evening Star
Dunedin, New Zealand

I don't believe that a picnic, if it is honouring to God on a Saturday, can in itself be dishonouring on a Sunday. I don't think even the ancient commandment not to work on the Sabbath necessarily implied not to play. . . . I do have a feeling, however, that our Sundays need to be guarded against increasing secularism, lest they disappear altogether. Organized activity, especially, makes worship difficult for many, and robs many of a day of rest.

I see no evil in organization as such. Organized recreational activity on Sunday may be far worthier than some unorganized activity. As an army chaplain, I've organized Sunday picnics to keep men from drifting, . . . and I have no qualms of conscience about that.

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May 15, 1971

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