So Joe, Michaela and I did a thing... Special thanks to Leah for helping with videography.
Legal Foundation: As we have been looking at resuming gathering together for worship, I came across a helpful memorandum from The Liberty Counsel memorandum regarding reopening church (found here: https://lc.org/PDFs/Memo-ReOpen-Church.pdf). I will provide a brief summary along with the pages I reference for your information. Since we live in an age where people accuse President Trump of advocating that people inject themselves with Lysol when he clearly didn't, I will add the mandatory caveat that I am not a lawyer and this does not constitute legal advice. These are simply my takeaways from my research and offer them to fellow pastors and whoever is interested as this pertains to churches gathering together in a time of national emergency.
This is a video that has been taken down from YouTube on multiple occasions and I decided to post it here because I believe that she brings up some legitimate points to consider and censorship of opposing viewpoints in our culture is becoming more prevalent and is the gateway to social slavery. Therefore, I present this with the caveat that I am not saying by posting this that I agree with her on everything or that everything she says is legit. I simply am posting it to use whatever meager platform I might have to give access for others to watch, think, research, and decide for themselves on what she says. I think the points she brings up are worthy of consideration, thought and being presented and am deeply concerned that the sources where we tend to get information like this are deciding what we can see.
In an effort to remain consistent in this regard, I have included the video response below. This provides some significant considerations when assessing the above video. This was posted by a friend of mine on Facebook today and I thought that it was a helpful companion. I offer this without comment and leave it to the viewer to draw conclusions. In any case, when we see things like this, I think we should make decisions based on facts and evidence and videos tend to present neither in many cases so it is up to the watcher to be an objective assessor of the content and seek to verify claims independently.
Jon is husband to Carlee, Papa to Finleigh, Ainsley, and Olivia, a pastor at Arbor Drive Community Church in York, Ne, and co-host of The Pastor Discussions Podcast