The conference that I wrote about in my last blog was held yesterday at the EU Parliament, and was supposed to be a kick-off meeting to relaunch the debate on Sunday protection in Europe. It was well-attended, the contributers mainly being catholics, but there were also contributors from the protestant churches as well as from non-religious backgrounds. The Germans were clearly prevalent.
The chairman, a German MEP, pointed out that they were recommending a legislative proposal for the Sunday as a work-free day, and that they were endeavoring to get 1 million votes from the EU population to support this. László Andor, the new Commissioner for Employment and Social Affairs also gave a short speech, pointing out that he would like to "open a new chapter" in this regard. So there is an awareness at the EU Commission, and even if they fail again at the Parliament to get enough votes (as they did last year), the Commission can still launch the legislative procedure.
There were many contributions made from the different invited representatives, and of course many good arguments in favor of the protection of a work-free Sunday (and not any other day of the week) were brought forward. Of course this makes a lot of sense to people who are ignorant about the Sabbath. In fact, I'm amazed how many people have bought into the lie that the Sunday is the seventh day of the week and the biblical day of rest, as it was pointed out by several contributors.
Karel Nowak, Secretary General of the International Association for the Defence of Religious Liberty, was also present, and he actually raised the question how this new legislation would protect minorities, like people who keep another day than Sunday. Well, he didn't get an answer to this. There was also a delegation from Newbold College present at the meeting, as well as an ADRA representative from Brussels.
Of course I'm very curious how this is going to play out. They said that this was only the beginning of a series of conferences on this topic. You may learn more about this initiative under www.workfreesunday.eu (sorry the hyper link function doesn't work).
Prophecy is fulfilling right before my eyes here in Brussels. Things may continue to develop in short order now, and we don't know for how much longer the Lord will hold back the winds. Are we ready for this? I will keep you posted on the developments.