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Will the Recession Doom the Last Sunday Blue Laws?

A handful of states are considering doing away with the restrictions that make it illegal to buy alcohol on Sunday. However, they are facing opposition from Christians who claim that selling on Sunday would “undermine safety and tear apart families.” The legislatures of these states say that it could give their budgets a “shot of revenue,” through taxes.

Jim Beck, the president of the Georgia Christian Coalition, claims that “families are under enough pressure” during hard economic times. He claims that passing laws that do away with the Sunday blue laws would add more pressure to families.

Beck also claims that the revenue from the sales of alcohol on Sunday would only be a drop in the bucket. However, Georgia Senator Seth Harp says he’d rather have some revenue than none at all.

David Laband, a professor of economics at Auburn University says, “People have got a lot of activities that occupy their time, attention and affection on Sunday and shopping is one of them. Churches have had to come to grips with that; they haven’t drawn a line in the sand and said ‘You have to go to church.’ So the trend is clear that states will do away with some of these alcohol prohibitions. It will happen. It’s just a matter of when.”

Both sides want to have it their way. Even though churches have not demanded people attend church on Sunday, and though legislative bodies may want to eliminate blue laws, the focus on Sunday observance will grow. The Bible predicts that worship laws (Sunday laws) will be passed and enforced in the future.

Speaking of the United States and the construction of the mirror image of Rome through mixing of church and state, the Bible says “And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.” Revelation 13:15

The key worship principle of Rome, which is cloned by the U.S., is the enforcement of Sunday worship as the Papacy did for centuries.

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