Churches provide essential spiritual, physical, emotional, psychological support. They minister to the sick. They strengthen our communities and our nation. Religious Liberty is in our United States Bill of Rights. As some have pointed out, bars and grocery stores are not mentioned in the Bill of Rights, the church is.
Pandemic or not, the government has no right or authority to place undue burdens on churches. It has no right to close them down. The internet is a poor substitute for a church’s in-person gathering, worship, fellowship, encouragement, support.
I’m grateful to live in Texas, a state that in no way infringed on Religious Liberty and the right of people to gather and worship according to the dictates of their consciences. During the Covid-19 (called by NTD News, the Chinese Communist Party Virus; CCP Virus) pandemic of 2020-2021, in Texas, it was up to the churches what measures they carried out. They were still free to worship
To ensure this Religious Liberty continues, Governor Gregg Abbott (R, TX) said, "I just signed a law that prohibits any government agency or public official from issuing an order that closes places of worship," -Governor Greg Abbott, TX 6-15-2021
November 2, 2021 an amendment to the Texas Constitution was presented for a vote. The Ammendment, Proposition 3, stated,
“The constitutional amendment to prohibit this state or a political subdivision of this state from prohibiting or limiting religious services of religious organizations.”
One of the bill’s original co-authors and supporters was Scott Sanford, a Republican representative who also serves as an executive pastor with Cottonwood Creek Church, a Southern Baptist congregation in Allen, Texas…
“It’s simply that the community is held together by a lot of different institutions and none are more critical than places of worship and the ministries they provide. When you need us the most is sometimes when outsiders may think it would be a good time to close them.” [-Sanford]
The amendment passed with 62.42% of the vote. I’m glad to have voted for it.
Hopefully other states will take similar measures to ensure Religious Liberty. Thank God for Religious Liberty, Freedom of Speech, and the general freedom we enjoy in America. May God keep us free. May God bring revival / spiritual awakening to America.
-David R. Brumbelow, gulfcoastpastor.blogspot.com, November 30, AD 2021.
Other Articles / Labels:
Other Articles in lower right margin (web version).