When churches say no to the government
It isn't essential for the church to gather in a building on a Sunday morning to be the church. But is the federal government restricting our most fundamental liberties when it places limits on our gatherings?
Those who have used the response to the COVID-19 pandemic as a rationale for a government-run "new politics" should have their heads examined.
Growing the state is the primary focus of leftists, regardless of their particular issues. People under an all-powerful state can be forced to lie and to betray their consciences. Free people, not so much.
President Trump has expressed hope that churches would be full again on Easter. But how does this prove that he is listening to evangelical voices in terms of science-based decisions? How is this different from his talk about getting businesses back open around that time as well?
Public policy is the craft of weighing risks and rewards, and policymakers do it every day. It's just that this time, the stakes are the highest they have ever been. The markets – and the American people – require a formula from the government to reopen the economy.
As the White House and the Senate try to throw a lifeline to our economy, Democratic leaders want to condition it on signing off on their left-wing agenda. It's like telling a patient on life support that he must sign off on gender-neutral restrooms before we agree to connect his ventilator.
Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders both want to drive America toward the socialist cliff, just in different vehicles. Bernie's is a red Ferrari, while Joe's is more like a red bus with "No Malarkey" on the side. Same road, same cliff – different speeds.
Let's exercise our faith by sharing what we have with others and by praying for God to intervene in the pandemic and to heal the sick and dying -- and by not giving place to our fears.
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