It's always great to spend a morning in the coffee shop when you get a chance. Sometimes, if you aren't careful, though, you may learn something. Like the other day, when someone spoke up on those folks who want all kinds of privileges without the responsibility that goes with them. I responded with, "I'm kind of like that myself." It is nice work if you can get it, I suppose, siphoning resources from the system and putting buggerall back in. Sadly, though, my conscience wont allow it...
And what good is religion without a conscience to go with it? Now in my own case, I am a sort of spiritual Heinz 57. Brought up Mennonite, I became involved in the Salvation Army, later on with the Anglicans and currently I'm hanging around quite a bit with some Baptists here in Teslin, when i'm not worshiping with the Pentecostals in Whitehorse. And not even one of these denominations would support my own particular view that we should be observing the correct sabbath, which begins at sundown Friday night and ends with sundown Saturday night. The Jews are quite strict on issues such as these. If you think I'm wrong, give them a consult. I haven't made a stink of it. The main thing in Christianity is having your sins forgiven through the shed blood of Christ. After that, you just want to pass on the amazing goodness and love of God. For me, its a deeply personal thing, not some pack of exciting rules to follow which take all the fun out of everything and replace it with hard benches and boring hymns.
Yet my own view is that I don't want to continue to do the things that put Christ on the cross in the first place.
And the point that I'm trying to make in a rather clumsy way is that this odd view of mine on the sabbath has profoundly affected my career choices. For instance, working in a convenience store which is open 24/7 is right out. I understand humanitarian work needs to go on right through the week so a career as a surgeon on nurse wouldn't be out of the question for me... Anyway, in the end I decided on a career of self-employment and I do take the sabbath off each week. i find it restorative and very satisfying although at times it has created internal conflict when customers want service.
Another course I could have taken: I could have applied for a job at, I dunno, a gay flower shop for example and when they fired me for not working on Saturday, I could have taken them to the human rights commission and raised holy hell, suing the "offending" flower shop for religious discrimination and winning a large cash settlement for my mental anguish and for the good of the Lord, and to make a point, and of course, for the children. Everything for the children.
This course, never really occurred to me at all as I have no desire to force others into my own worldview because I wouldn't want that done to me. So I made the necessary adjustments to my own way of life instead. It seemed and still seems like the most logical and "christian" thing to do. And if i'm wrong, well, then i guess i am. But at least, I didn't force the entire country to spend millions of tax dollars on legal fees as the courts agonized over whether Doug Martens should be allowed to change the entire constitution of Canada.