Dear Madame Mayor Bowser:
Thank you for your tremendous effort and carefulness in directing the District of Columbia safely through these treacherous and terrifying times. Our congregation has prayed daily for you to be granted wisdom as you make difficult decisions that will affect our lives for years to come.
Over the Memorial Day weekend, we paused to remember and honor all who have given their lives to grant us the liberties we have richly enjoyed – and often taken for granted.
One such liberty is the freedom to assemble for worship. It is a vital part of our national success and one I have revered my entire life.
The very word “church” is ekklesia in Greek and it means “an assembly of Christians gathered for worship in a religious meeting.” Until the advent of COVID-19, I could count on one hand the times I have missed assembling with other believers on Sunday.
Yet, out of abundance of caution and respect for our leaders, our congregation has followed every guideline you have suggested. Our church services have gone entirely to live-streaming and Zoom meetings of less than ten people.
However, I feel I would be utterly thankless if I did not take this time of celebrating our blood-bought liberties to remind you and others that Church is an essential part of our existence. In fact, assembling for worship is specifically protected by our Constitution. Particularly, the First Amendment grants churches essential status with no exceptions.
Our church’s goal is to safely and selflessly love and serve our community. We can follow the same guidelines of grocery stores, home improvement stores, bicycle shops, and other essential businesses while fulfilling the higher mandate of our Lord to “not forsake the assembling of ourselves together.” (Hebrews 10:25)
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Brad Wells