The command implies that if we remember the Sabbath day properly—that is, with godly understanding—then our only appropriate response is to keep it holy.
In every age 'the good old days' were a myth. No one ever thought they were good at the time. Every age has had crises that seemed intolerable at the time.
We need to develop righteous judgment about what constitutes a genuine Sabbath emergency and what may be a deceptive rationalization of our human nature.
Ronny Graham, reflecting upon mankind's propensity to selectively filter events, forgetting the bad and remembering the good when assessing "the good old days," asserts that our civilization has undergone a terrifying free-fall of morality and ethics for multiple decades. Some feel the good old days are a myth, while others …
The Sabbath is a special creation, a very specific period of holy time given to all of mankind, reminding us that God created and is continuing to create.
In our hectic culture, we commit far too little time to God, depriving ourselves of the Holy Spirit and attenuating the faith required to draw close to God.
We need to be reminded frequently to take a step back, to remember our place and mission before God, and to evaluate how well we have followed His lead.
God has given us a faculty that protects us from despair, discourages folly, and counters pride: memory. Memory is central to our relationship with God.
The Arnoldists, Albigenses, Cathers, Waldensians, and the Lollards all had Sabbath-keepers in their ranks. Gradual syncretism is a pattern of church history.