What do you all think about running special races, such as marathons, on Sunday?
In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, we believe that Sunday is a sacred day that we are to give to our Heavenly Father. It is also known as the Sabbath or the Day of Rest. On Sunday we go to church, spend time with our families, take time to read and meditate about our lives and eternal things and other “quiet” things. Mostly it is a day that allows us to take a break from our regular lives. We don’t work or do things etremely physical, but we do try to give service to our fellow man.
There are guidelines, but no set rules as to what exactly we can and can’t do. Like many commandments the Lord gives us the opportunity to think for ourselves and use the spirit to receive personal revelation. The Sabbath is meant to be a special day between us and our Heavenly Father.
So, what do we think? Is it okay to run a Marathon on Sunday?
They are a lot of sweat and work and you will probably miss church if you run in one. Also, to a few of the runners they are a competative race. On the other hand, they are also an amazing way to better yourself and give us confidence and help our bodies (which we believe are temples) in the process. Also, most marathons and other races are built around charitable causes. A lot of money and resources have been and raised by the running community and their supporters.
We know that the good majority of the people who read out blog are fellow Mormons and we would like to hear what your thoughts are. We also really want to hear what our friends of other faiths think. Do your religions/churches have a similar conundrum? From what you know of our beliefs, what do you think is the best thing?
We realize that this is a very personal decision. We aren’t really looking for a definitive answer, we just want to open things up for an interesting discussion. And remember, if you have an opinion, but are a bit nervous about sharing, you can always post anonymously.