The war between law enforcement and church leaders
Regulations are enforced as many churches continued having services despite being told to minimize because of the spread of COVID-19.
The war between law enforcement and church leaders escalates as the leaders argue they are infringing their constitutional rights. The leaders hold tight to their rights to “freely exercise” religious practices, and the separation of church and state gives them the right to peaceably assemble together.
I’ve observed a church leader on social media sharing a video of multiple police cars at his church prior to service. The leader seemed angry and violated as the policemen ganged around his church. The officers presence were questioned by folks watching on line whether they could enforce church members to stay away from the premises.
Cancellation of church services are within the federal guidelines administered to the Center of Disease and Control.
Yet some churches believe the law makers are using this crisis as an opportunity to control their church services and establish future laws that will disrupt their religious rights.
The churches that conformed to CDC stopped having services do to the spread of COVID-19 to protect members and remain within the guidelines of section 361 of the Public Health and Service Act (section 42 U.S. code 264). Under this act Health and Human Services has the rights to implement measures to prevent the spread of “communicable” diseases that affect international and state to state. When a infectious disease warrants quarantine, CDC is within the rights to issue a “isolation or quarantine order.”
Why are some church leaders fighting back and others succumb to the quarantine enforcement? Is it fear of monetary and membership loss or disruption of religious rights? Hmm!
Some leaders, who have spoken out on their social platforms continue to ask for money to support their ministry and lavish lifestyle. It seems they are oblivious to the condition of the world, that’s selfishness to its core.
“Woe to you, [self-righteous] scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and of the plate, but inside they are full of extortion and robbery and self-indulgence (unrestrained greed),” (Matthew 23:13,25).
I heard a leader state that churches need to develop alternatives and creative ways to remain connected with their congregants. It seems some churches are establishing plans for the new norm.
Different perspectives from individual leaders.
Realistically, we are in a pandemic, and a brutal virus is sapping lives quicker than the blink of the eye. New and amended regulations will implement new norms. The theories, conspiracies, and the blame game... Are we ready?