“And that buttes be made, in everie citie, towne and place accordinge to the law of auncient time used, and the inhabitantes and dwellers in everye of them to exercise themselfe with longe bowes in shotinge at the same, and elles wher on holy daies and other times conveniente.” law of King Henry VIII 1515
The law discouraged the playing of other games (cricket, tennis, etc) as these games did not increase the ability of the player to defend the home county or even the country in case of disorder or invasion. And training with the long bow was held to be acceptable on “holy daies”.
Sunday was Long Bow day!
The firearm increased in usefulness, and therefore in popularity over the next two centuries. Thomas Jefferson wrote to his nephew, Peter Carr, on 19 August 1785, “Give about two [hours] every day to exercise; for health must not be sacrificed to learning. A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercise, I advise the gun. While this gives a moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprize, and independance to the mind. Games played with the ball and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be the constant companion of your walks.”
And Sunday is a good day for walking, and therefore, a Gun Day.
If you can get to the range, take your gun out for some exercise. If you can get to the woods, take a rifle or shotgun out for some exercise (don’t carry your rifle or shotgun to WalMart. It might be legal, but it would be problematic.) If you’ve purchased replica air guns – then get out in the back yard and shoot, shoot, shoot! Sunday is Gun Day.
I know that there’s a tradition of “keeping Sabbath” on Sundays. But, quite frankly, Sunday is NOT the Sabbath, nor is it even a “Christian replacement” of the Sabbath. It’s just another day. (No it’s not the Lord’s Day. When John wrote in Revelation that he was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day, the contraction is properly understood, “the day of the Lord”, and student’s of prophecy know what that is, and it isn’t a weekly Sunday.) Sunday is Gun Day.
The tradition of meeting at the local church, on Sunday morning, sitting in rows, staring at the back of someone’s head, half-heartedly singing songs you don’t know or sometimes don’t like, then listening to a sermon you can’t remember needs to be changed. Make Sunday Gun Day.
Christians can invite other families over for lunch and an afternoon of shooting, either at a local range, or using air guns in the back yard. It’s important, according to the letter to the Hebrews not to “forsake the gathering together” especially as you see the day approaching (the Day of the Lord). How about a new tradition? Gathering around our families and our guns, instead of at church and later at Cracker Barrel? How about a tradition that might make a difference for ourselves and our kids?
Sunday is Gun Day.