As a former retail employee, I understand that Sunday is a major shopping day for many and that many sales are offered that day. In many ways, we are enticed to shop this day due to those offers and also by our free time that many of us receive this day. However, I would like to question whether we should be shopping on Sunday.

In Baton Rouge, we have a large church-going population that attends their Sunday services but then finds themselves at a local shop or restaurant afterwards. I would ask you if this activity would be in harmony with the following scripture:

“And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.

Genesis 2:3”

If God rested from his labors as an example to us, why would we not do the same?

Furthermore, even those that are not religious could recognize the importance of staying home with their families and avoiding shops and restaurants on Sunday. Speaking from my retail background, many retail employees have unpredictable schedules that make it difficult to find time to spend with family and loved ones. Often times one is at work while the other is free. Not patronizing our shops and restaurants on Sundays would allow these employees to have one day a week free when they always knew they could visit their family and loved ones. Imagine how important that would be to them.

Although I no longer work in retail, I can recall the pain of having to work on Sundays and never knowing when I’d get a day off. I remember seeing folks come in the store with their Sunday best to take advantage of the sales, and I’d ask myself: “Why are you here?”

Today I am fortunate, with a college education and favor my way, to no longer have to work in the retail sector. However, many of my friends don’t have the same opportunity as I had to move away from retail and other jobs that force work on Sundays. I ask your help to resolve this problem in our society now. If we do not, we injure our fellow citizens and even ourselves.

Logan Simmons

claims adjuster

Baton Rouge