Here’s a note from a listener to the series I’m doing at CigarsAndSermons.com in Wimberley, TX. It’s powerful.
Thank you so much for your message, “What Happens When Churches Honor Government More Than God?”
This brought me to tears.
My church closed for an entire year. I asked them several times to open. Looking back, I should’ve asked them way more often and forcefully. But they were working with doctors/med professionals to keep people “safe.” I can’t really blame them for not listening to little ol’, non-medically trained me. I don’t doubt for a moment that they meant well and thought they were doing the right thing to protect their people.
Once they finally opened, they would not allow unmasked people. I couldn’t lie (especially in front of the children!) and say masks block aerosols when I know that’s not true.
I’ve been alone for 2 years.
I tried several times to go elsewhere. Once, I was turned away at the door by a young boy, maybe 10-12 years old. Not even an adult. A kid! He was so sweet, offering me a mask and everything. But I couldn’t lie. I quickly turned away before he saw me crying. I will never forget that.
I’ve lost nearly all my friends. I’ve lost kids I used to babysit. Everyone and everything is gone.
Now churches are back to “business as usual” like nothing ever happened. But there’s been no acknowledgement of what was done to us. No repentance.
What scares me is that we all know these churches will do the same thing tomorrow if the gov’t tells them to.
I’m at a loss at this point.
I’ve never been so ashamed as a Christian. How can we ever again tell the world or tell our children that we love Jesus more than life, when so many of us cowered at home for months, over a virus with 99+ survival rate? I still can’t believe we did it. When this first began, it never occurred to me that CHURCHES would close!
People were abandoned. People lost their jobs/businesses. They lost loved ones, often without being allowed to say goodbye. People suffered alone in hospitals and nursing homes because visitors weren’t allowed. On and on the examples go. How many deaths were deaths of despair?
Now we are all just supposed to pretend it never happened.
I’m sorry, I can’t. I’m not doing well with any of this. I can’t forget.
Please keep preaching the Word boldly and calling Christians to truly honor God above all. Christians are acting like the last 2 years never happened. But it did. And I don’t think it’s anywhere near over.
Again, thank you for this. I was thinking about all of this today while I was walking in the neighborhood of the church that turned me away. I was once again trying to convince myself that *I’m* the one in the wrong regarding this topic, that * I’m* the crazy one.
And here was your message! God’s timing is always perfect.
Below is Doug’s message that this listener responded to. She isn’t alone. So many people feel exactly like she does.
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by Doug Giles
Beginning in March 2020, many Christians went into lockdown-freak-out mode.
They “socially distanced” themselves from corporate worship and from pretty much everyone and everything else, except, of course, liquor, and grocery stores.
Uncut, irrational, unbiblical, and not to mention, unconstitutional, fear gripped many churches and church leaders.
Should pastors publicly repent if they obeyed Fauci in regard to how they conducted their ministry instead of adhering to the clear commands of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords?
That’s a legit question, eh?
Get your copy of Dear Christian: Your Fear Is Full of Crap now. Better yet, grab an extra copy for any petrified pastor who dutifully put obedience to the unconstitutional edicts of Mayor McCheese ahead of obedience to the explicit commandments of the LORD God Almighty.