With many Christians throughout the world preparing to celebrate the first "digital Easter" on Sunday, one pastor is keeping his eye on how government authorities are treating churches.
More than half the churches in America plan on livestreaming their Easter services this weekend, while one in four is pre-recording a service and posting it on the web, according to Barna.
"The Church is very innovative during times of crisis," notices Barna Group President Dave Kinnaman. "Church leaders who got into ministry by virtue of their call from God and also their love for people are reaching out to others and finding ways of connecting."
He says nine percent of churches plan to meet outdoors, while three percent will celebrate Easter when the pandemic has run its course. Two percent of churches have made no plans.
American Family Association General Counsel Abraham Hamilton III, who is also a pastor, recently told "Today's Issues" that churches should try to make the day as special as possible.
"I do think churches should do whatever they can in order to celebrate the Resurrection while honoring the civic authorities that we have in place," he said.
He also pointed out that the federal government has only given recommendations about how to socially distance ourselves.
"State and local authorities do have the constitutional authority based on a widely-recognized emergency circumstance – and I would suggest the global pandemic would qualify – to institute temporary regulations that are applied evenhandedly," he noted.
And Hamilton is keeping an eye on those state and local governments
“What is questioned is whether or not churches can be treated differently from other groups that are allowed to gather," he said.
For instance, if 250 people are allowed to gather for work at a single Amazon facility at one time, then a church should also be allowed to gather for worship.
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