No shopping on Sundays?

A Detroit minister is telling Christians that it is time to stop shopping on Sunday.

Pastor Willie Lark, Sr., from the House of Prayer in Benton Harbor, Michigan told WWJ Newsradio 950’s Zahra Huber that God spoke to him and said he wants his day back.

In this Nov. 23, 2015 photo, Pastor Willie Lark of the House of Prayer in Benton Township, Mich., holds a sign asking shoppers not to shop on Sundays.  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.  (Louise Wrege/The Herald-Palladium via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

In this Nov. 23, 2015 photo, Pastor Willie Lark of the House of Prayer in Benton Township, Mich., holds a sign asking shoppers not to shop on Sundays. (Louise Wrege/The Herald-Palladium via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

If Christians stop shopping on Sunday, then businesses won’t find it profitable to open, says Lark who shuts down his Lark’s Bar-B-Q Restaurant on Sunday.

“God’s day is supposed to look different than any other day,” Lark told WWJ. “And the average person that don’t go to church on Sunday, if you ask them the question: ‘Why not?’ they will tell you that they have to work on Sunday.”

Lark’s argument isn’t new — it has been made for decades — but it still isn’t clear if closing stores on Sunday really increases church attendance or just results in people doing something else.

Companies like Chick-Fil-A and Hobby Lobby already close on Sunday. And in Bergen County, New Jersey, a widespread ban on Sunday shopping is still on the books. County residents have developed a Facebook page to try to get the ‘Blue Laws’ repealed, but so far, it hasn’t worked.

All of this to say, Lark isn’t pulling his movement out of thin air (and he is definitely calling it a movement). He and his congregation plan to visit other churches and ask Christians to join them in the cause.

Lark says he wants to see gas stations and restaurants closed on Sunday as well. And eventually, he says, maybe he can get rid of another Sunday fixture if he can convince professional athletes who are Christian to put down their footballs and pick up their Bibles.

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OldGaTech
OldGaTech

Next thing you know he'll want us to honor our mother and father, tell the truth and not want our neighbor's new truck.

4williec
4williec

I remember back when it was common for most all businesses to be closed on Sunday....it really wasn't all that bad; in fact it was nice.


Abel49
Abel49

Yeah, that's gonna happen.