The right to exercise your religious beliefs has been completely eroded by the government’s lockdowns.
It’s been a year since many churches across the nation have actually held in-person worship.
And this state’s Governor is refusing to allow churches to have in-person worship on Easter.
Back in the day, America used to value the expression of one’s faith.
It wouldn’t be hard to find a church filled with worshipers on any Sunday morning.
But that has changed.
Even before the lockdowns, churches struggled to survive in a society that grew increasingly indifferent or even hostile toward Christianity.
And when the government-enforced lockdowns took effect nearly a year ago, the situation went from bad to worse for many churches.
Thousands of churches started to collect dust on their pews and Bibles as their parishioners were barred from worshiping together.
Some pastors who decided to disobey government lockdowns so they could practice their faith were even arrested.
One church in California that held in-person worship several times ended up facing more than $100,000 in fines for defying the government’s crackdown on our religious freedoms.
And now the pastor of this church is begging Governor Newsom to allow his church to have an in-person Easter worship service in their church.
Pastor Jack Trieber of North Valley Baptist Church in Santa Clara, California begged in a video by pleading, “Governor Newsom, I implore you to open up our churches Easter Sunday, April 4. This is Sunday, early in the morning, and we’re freezing out here. We’re cold. We’ve been obeying for 366 days, one year and one day. We’ve shut our church down. We’re meeting in the parking lot. We’re meeting in open-air meetings and we have tents everywhere.”
Pastor Trieber continued his plea by claiming, “In addition to Easter, we gave you Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. We gave you July 4th. We gave you Labor Day. We gave you all the summer, we gave you all the spring, we gave you all of the fall.”
You can see the video of his plea below:
It’s a sad day in our nation when a church has to beg a Governor to hold a worship service.
California has enforced “the most extreme restriction on worship in the country,” according to the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.
Earlier this year, the Supreme Court struck down California’s outright ban on indoor worship, but allowed the state to continue to restrict attendance to 25% of the building capacity and forbid singing.
“Since the arrival of COVID-19, California has openly imposed more stringent regulations on religious institutions than on many businesses.” wrote Justice Neil M. Gorsuch in one of three concurring opinions. “California worries that worship brings people together for too much time. Yet, California does not limit its citizens to running in and out of other establishments; no one is barred from lingering in shopping malls, salons, or bus terminals.”
Maybe it’s time for Churches to stand up to tyrannical rules by Governors across the nation and lead their congregations in exercising their right to worship as they see fit.
Hopefully this madness ends soon.
But it will last as long as we allow it to.