I was signatory, along with a large number of pastors, to a public document prepared by Well-known Pastor, John McArthur, and intended for our Governor and legislature. It is no secret that our state government leans heavily toward a socialistic form of governance with less than convincing concern for the values of her many citizens who are Christians.
When our Governor was making up his list of essential and non-essential assemblies, he determined that pot dispensaries, liquor stores, and abortion clinics were essential businesses, but churches were to remain closed, or restricted in numbers and silenced rather than singing, as churches are deemed non-essential.
The document I referenced above states our conviction that churches are essential to all who are Christians, and that the institution of the state has overstepped it’s authority by interference in the conducting of the affairs of the institution of the church. We who signed the document indicated that we are going to continued to obey our higher authority, God, and His Word, which commands us not to forsake the assembling of ourselves together, and to sing our praises unto Him.
Now, the self-examination questions. Will you be any more committed to faithfully assembling whenever the church is meeting together going forward, than before all this began? Will you be any more enthusiastic in your singing now than you have been?
Pastor McArthur has well-articulated the situation we churches have been placed in, so you might be interested to read his full assessment and statement at: https://www.gty.org/library/blog/B200723