This letter may be the single most insulting and threatening letter ever written to Christians in America.
It is signed by 1,288 self-proclaimed public health professionals, infectious diseases professionals, and undefined “community stakeholders.” It declares that anti-racist protests “must be supported and should not be constrained by authorities due to COVID-19.”
Jennifer Nuzzo, a Johns Hopkins epidemiologist, tweeted on Tuesday, “In this moment the public health risks of not protesting to demand an end to systemic racism greatly exceed the harms of the virus.”
Look at it again: “the public health risks…greatly exceed the harms of the virus.” These same “healthcare professionals” screamed at us to stay in our homes, lock down every church, and kill over 100,000 small businesses. Now, according to them, we must get out of our homes—take to the streets—and throw social-distancing-caution to the winds, because preventing protests is a greater harm than the virus. But wait, they are saying that there is only one kind of mass-demonstration that will be allowed. Everyone else must stay locked down.
Systemic racism is the only thing we are allowed to protest, and “to hell with the Bill of Rights and the Constitution!” But wait—is America systemically racist? The election and reelection of Barack Obama to the highest office in that system, proves we are not.
Thus, to say that the protests are so vital that the virus no longer counts, is wicked enough— but they want to ban every other kind of demonstration and protest. The letter goes on to say, “protests for lifting stay at home orders and reopening small businesses should not be allowed.” Because, and get this: “they are rooted in white nationalism that runs contrary to respect for Black lives.”
There is only one reason you want to do a mass Christian Rally. There is only one reason you want to reopen your business. There is only one reason you want to have church: it is because you are a White Nationalist Racist!
They are telling you which lives matter. They are telling you that house arrest and social distancing are only for their political enemies.
Honestly, it does not matter in this hour what they think. It only matters what you, as the Church of Jesus Christ, think. They are demanding that you shut up, and stay home. They have just proven that the shutdown of the church was never a health measure, but an act of political violence.
They are calling you names. Let me tell this: it does not matter what names you are called. It only matters what names you answer to. We should not let them label us as racists. We should not let them treat us by a different standard than our civil rights as Americans.
Who are we anyway? We are not irresponsible rebels—we are God-fearing Americans! Let me make this as plain as possible. We must realize who we are.
Of course, there is racism in America, but it is not, and I repeat, NOT systemic racism. The death of George Floyd is a towering tragedy that the nation must mourn. But the ministry of the church is vital to the healing of our nation.
To healthcare zealots, these protests are vital because of a perceived danger. And while national systemic racism can’t be proven, widespread addiction, suicide, despair, and hatred are undeniable. The answer to these real dangers—nation-killing dangers—is the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the healing ministry of the Church.
The misguided signers of this disastrous letter may never get it. But again, that is not the issue. It is the church—it is you and me who need to get it.
I know there are some ‘ethereal’ believers who will say the real church doesn’t need to meet in a building, but they are wrong, and they couldn’t be more wrong. I believe that since those churches that are on-fire for God quit meeting together, demonic activity has run wild in neighborhoods across America. I believe the lawlessness we are seeing is a result of closing down the churches that God was using to touch lives.
Now, as I come to the end of my blog, I must risk it all to say what must be said. We must challenge the false imprisonment of the church. We need to stage a mass rally for all the world to see the love, courage and truth of the Body of Christ. We also need to push the envelope and get back to having regular services. I believe God is telling me to tell you, that at this point the lockdown is not because of them. It is self-imposed.
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