Q. 117. How is the sabbath or the Lord’s day to be sanctified?
A. The sabbath or Lord’s day is to be sanctified by an holy resting all the day, not only from such works as are at all times sinful, but even from such worldly employments and recreations as are on other days lawful; and making it our delight to spend the whole time (except so much of it as is to be taken up in works of necessity and mercy) in the public and private exercises of God’s worship: and, to that end, we are to prepare our hearts, and with such foresight, diligence, and moderation, to dispose and seasonably dispatch our worldly business, that we may be the more free and fit for the duties of that day. –Westminster Larger Catechism
There’s no consensus on how one should the sanctify the Lord’s Day. And there never will be.
However, when it comes to this matter of how the Lord’s Day should be sanctified, I find myself asking, Is the Lord’s Day just another day?
We all agree that it’s a day of worship–in public and private. We all agree that it’s sacred and should be distinguished from all other days, because it’s the day on which Jesus triumphed over death by rising from the dead.
But what if I have that urge to play cards with my wife? Or basketball in my driveway with my son? Or watch a good action movie with the family? Are these to be judged as recreations that on other days are lawful but unlawful on the Lord’s Day?
It is here that exceptions abound.