POLAND - Limits Sunday Shopping

Arno Froese

Poland’s president signed into law a bill that largely limits trade on Sundays, saying it would benefit employees’ family life.

The legislation, worked out by the conservative government and the Solidarity trade union, is expected to draw protests from large Western supermarket chains that are the main target of the law. A large part of their profit is earned on weekends, when many consumers do their big weekly shopping trips. Critics say some of the supermarkets make employees work long hours for modest pay.

As of March 1, shops and markets will be closed on two Sundays each month. Only one Sunday a month will be open for trading in 2019, and starting in 2020 the legislation applies to all Sundays except before major holidays.

-www.stltoday.com, 30 January 2018

Arno's commentary

It is of interest the former communist states disregarded Sunday as a day of rest and had their shops open. A point often made relating to opening business is one word: freedom. That leads to one question: what is freedom? In this case, the shopper may enjoy shopping on Sunday, but somebody has to pay the price and lose freedom; he or she has to work on Sunday!

While Poland goes in the opposite direction—closing stores on Sunday—most countries are more inclined to increase shopping hours.

We recall when, here in South Carolina, stores were closed on Sunday. Later, they allowed shopping on Sunday, but alcoholic products were forbidden. That has changed too.

Another article, titled “Shopping in Europe,” reads:

For more than half the weekend, West Germany is a shopper’s wasteland. Stores are closed at 2 p.m. Saturday and are not reopened until Monday morning.

In Italy, there is the post-lunch break. Most shops are closed for a couple of hours in the afternoon.

In England, it is legal to buy a newspaper on Sunday but not a book, to shop for fresh fruit and vegetables but not the same foods if they have been canned or bottled. And throughout the country, a complicated and varying patchwork of local laws and traditions forces shops to close for one weekday afternoon.

In France, you can buy fresh bread on Sunday mornings but, as if in retaliation for having to be open on the Sabbath, some small shopkeepers close on Mondays.

-articles.latimes.com, 12 December 1986

For Israel, God gave this law: “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates” (Exodus 20:8-10).

In the New Testament, we read that the Christians came together on the first day of the week. This corresponds to the Lord’s resurrection. From that point on, virtually the whole world keeps Sunday as the day of rest, even in communist China. But not in the so-called Christianized world.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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