For a month now most churches have remained closed.
Most are live-streaming their worship services.
Some are very successful… including massive signs of revival.
But the call for keeping anyone over 65 out of church (including pastors), keeping church buildings closed from worshipping through the summer or fall or beyond, and restricting services to 10-20 people are growing.
It’s becoming an astonishing abuse of power by cities, counties, and states. Here are just a few examples:
- Across America, pastors have been arrested or threatened with arrest for wanting to have church services – even when agreeing for church goers to wear masks and follow social distancing guidelines.
- Drive-in church services have been banned. In hundreds of cities across the country, drive-in church services have been banned. In Louisville, Kentucky, drive-in church goers were told they’d receive citations if they attended a drive-in service, and would have to quarantine themselves for 14 days afterwards. In Kansas, you can drive through a Sonic, but not a parking lot church service.
- Church members have been threatened with fines and jail if they go to church.
- A recent New York Times op-ed accused evangelical Christians of being responsible for the spread of the Coronavirus. See our article about this editorial here.
- The Governor of New York and other politicians called Franklin Graham a bigot and his bashed his humanitarian organization Samaritan’s Purse for setting up an emergency field hospital in Central Park to treat COVID-19 patients. Why? Because Samaritan’s Purse asks its paid staff to sign a Statement of Faith which – among other biblical affirmations – includes a statement affirming heterosexual marriage. We wrote about this rage against Christians here.
Most Christians and pastors, based on available data, agreed to self-quarantining, wearing masks, social distancing, and washing their hands.
It was a choice, for self-health… and, preservation.
But it should never be forced by government.
What do you think? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.