It’s been well established that work and human interaction is vital to our overall health. Quarantines aren’t supposed to be for healthy people.

Back in March, we were told that in order to avoid catching the coronavirus and prevent hospitals and medical workers from being overrun, entire states had to follow mitigation strategies recommended by national disease specialists.

Governors got heavily involved. Shelter in place orders were given state by state and social distancing protocol has been practiced. But these were supposed to be temporary orders…

 [E]xperts are predicting a spike in suicides and a substantial increase in depression. We’re already hearing many tragic stories. Consumer confidence is way down, panic and sales of alcohol are way up.

Callers to Help Lines are up 30-50% as more people are experiencing anxiety and loneliness. More than ever, we need each other and we desperately need to turn to God! But get this: as hopelessness is skyrocketing, tens of thousands of churches are closed. 

Is it me or do things seem terribly backwards?

What’s worse, many Governors are basically picking winners and losers by declaring distinctions between “essential workers” and “non-essential workers” and more businesses are closing, some for good. Industries and supply chains have been altered, but one of the most concerning things is how easy it was for government to take freedom and power from people across the U.S.

…And now after months of “sheltering at home” and a public quarantine for non-essential workers, many Christians are getting restless. It’s about time! When did the preaching the gospel, making disciples, and equipping the saints become about safety and security.

Let’s get back to church before we lose people in the United States of Entertainment! It’s nice to have the technology to be on line and watch sermons, but I wonder how may Christians are actually watching videos at home in the comfort and distractions of family and home life – and truly being ministered to and growing in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18). 

Abortion businesses have also stayed open – because in our “civilized” society, those in power determined it is essential to have access to murder your unwanted offspring. But the right to freely and peacefully assemble with those we love in the comfort of our churches is denied.

Walmart, Costco, Target, and Home Depot are crowded. Does one of the most important liberties in the U.S. Constitution cover corporations and abortion businesses, but it doesn’t apply to churches and small businesses? I understand we want to obey governing authorities, but civil government does not have unlimited authority!

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