Return2Worship offers this sample letter for citizens to send to their elected officials to encourage them to defend our Constitutional rights. Feel free to use as it, or to modify according to your purposes. #ChurchesAreEssential #Return2Worship
I am writing today to implore you to support the push for churches to open their doors to their congregations.
Over 600 doctors wrote a letter to President Trump pertaining to the importance of opening the country back up. They mentioned, “millions of Americans are already at triage level red…Suicide hotline phone calls have increased 600%…. Liquor sales have increased 300-600%, cigarettes sales have increased, rent has gone unpaid, family relationships have become frayed.”
The unequal treatment of religious venues as compared to secular venues must end.
70% of Americans refer to themselves as “Christian”. To keep the doors of churches closed is to keep 70% of the American population away from the primary place they run to in times of difficulty. Congregations find comfort in knowing there is someone at the foot of the altar who can pray for them and stand with them in faith and support. If there was ever a time for Churches to be opened, it is now.
Pastor’s responsibility is to feed their flocks, to motivate and encourage their parishioners, to lay hands on and pray for those who need help and to be the light in the midst of darkness. Keeping doors locked to people who need prayer, motivation, encouragement and guidance is simply wrong. Churches are to be the city set upon a hill, a city for others to run to for hope and strength. If the city is shut down, people have nowhere to run and no hope to cling to.
The original U.S. coronavirus death toll prediction was 2.2 million, that number later changed to 240,000 and is now around 100,000. During the 2017-2018 flu season, an estimated 80,000 people died, according to the CDC, and the season was declared the, “first season to be classified as a high severity across all age groups”. Why were churches not forced to close their doors during the flu pandemic of 2017/2018?
There seems to be a dangerous trend occurring in America towards those who follow Christ and it must be stopped. Please support the movement to reopen churches and return2worship. There are millions of Americans who need the atmosphere of their House of God, who need to be around other believers and who desperately need their church doors to be opened.
Thank you for your time,