In a recent Deseret News article, William Monahan put forth 10 interesting and probing questions that every Latter-day Saint should ask themselves about how they keep the Sabbath.
We needn’t become religious zealots or feel guilty for watching a favorite TV program, but when church attendance is disconnected from living the gospel, or when the god of television or the idol of the Internet or anything else chains our footpath to Jesus, we need to break the chains.
While I am no judge of anyone’s personal prayers, scripture-study habits or closeness with deity, I can certainly evaluate those things in my own life. To combat the Sunday-only syndrome, I made a list of 10 questions to evaluate my Sabbath-day habits as well as my dedication to the Savior throughout the week. Your list may be totally different based on your unique personality, habits and desires, but here’s mine.
1. Do I treat church or temple attendance like Gilligan’s “three-hour tour,” destined to maroon my casual attitude on a spiritual desert island?
2. Is church an inconvenient distraction from my secret worship in the NFL cathedral, the shrine of recreation or the Golden Calf of professional titles and the acquisitive life?