In this age of post-modern secularism, it seems nearly impossible that the enforcement of a National Sunday Law can ever become a reality. Yet Bible prophecy is quite clear that as morality continues to decrease, as the economy continues to plummet, and calamities steadily increase, the popular demand from the citizenry to their elected officials, in the attempt to appease God, will be to return to “godly principles” through the legislation of moral principles, namely, the observance of Sunday—abstinence from work, shopping, commercial amusements, along with mandatory church attendance. In August, an article was published on Deseret News, nostalgically reminiscing on the days when Sunday Blue Laws were in affect and defended by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court at that time (1960). “In the famous Supreme Court case McGowan v. Maryland, Chief Justice Earl Warren wrote in defense of Maryland's ‘blue law’ prohibiting commerce on Sunday. ‘The state’s purpose is not merely to provide a one-day-seven work stoppage,’ he wrote. ‘The State seeks to set one day apart from all others as a day of rest, repose, recreation and tranquility — a day which all members of the family and community have the opportunity to spend and enjoy together, a day on which there exists relative quiet and disassociation from the everyday intensity of commercial activities, a day on which people may visit friends and relative who are not available during working days.’"
The state has no authority to set a day apart as a day of rest; this is what God did when He completed the work of creation and blessed and sanctified the seventh day (Genesis 2:2, 3); He has not given to fallible, finite man the jurisdiction to sanctify anything or to compel the consciences of other human beings. Sunday observance is a creation or child of Roman Catholicism and is the mark of her supposed authority. Yet Sunday observance will be enforced in the United States first, and surprisingly, the claim will be made by government officials that it does not violate the constitution, neither does it violate a separation of church and state. This is the very argument used by Chief Justice Warren and was resolved by the Supreme Court in 1961 in an 8-1 decision.
The question was asked “Do Maryland's blue laws violate the Free Exercise and Religious Establishment clauses of the First Amendment?” To which the resolution was stated, “No. The Court found that the blue laws did not violate the Free Exercise Clause because the employees allege only economic injury and not infringement on their own religious practices. The Court also found that the blue laws did not violate the division between church and state. Sunday closing laws started out to facilitate church attendance in colonial America; however, the present Maryland laws are based on secular rather than religious state interests. The laws are to improve the ‘health, safety, recreation, and general well-being’ of citizens. The present purpose of the laws is to provide a uniform day of rest for all. The fact that this day is of particular significance for various Christian sects does not bar the State from achieving its secular goals.”
“I have been much burdened in regard to movements that are now in progress for the enforcement of Sunday observance. It has been shown to me that Satan has been working earnestly to carry out his designs to restrict religious liberty. Plans of serious import to the people of God are advancing in an underhand manner among the clergymen of various denominations, and the object of this secret maneuvering is to win popular favor for the enforcement of Sunday sacredness. If the people can be led to favor a Sunday law, then the clergy intend to exert their united influence to obtain a religious amendment to the Constitution, and compel the nation to keep Sunday. There are many who, if they understood the spirit and the result of religious legislation, would not do anything to forward in the least the movement for Sunday enforcement.”
These movements now in progress should arouse the people of God to greater earnestness and more determined resolve to warn earth’s inhabitants of the imminent religious crisis that will test every man. Those to whom have been entrusted the proclamation of the Three Angels’ Messages should go forth boldly proclaiming the message while sharing the necessary preparatory steps to remain faithful during the final crisis and to meet the Lord in peace at His appearing. Very soon the yearning and nostalgia for past Sunday Laws will become enactments which will be strictly enforced.
White, Ellen. The Review and Herald, December 24, 1889