For consideration: I am both a pastor and a businessman (I was the only pastor who spoke at the rally to reopen Prince William County). I know well the challenges of both. When the lockdowns and restrictions first came on the scene, it was the church who was in the best position to put the brakes on the tyrannical overreach. But that’s not what happened. Instead, statist pastors led their frightened flock into passive retreat, and thus threw the local businesses under the bus. This whole episode has served as an exposé of the condition of the culture of Christendom. The culture is indeed the report card of the local church. If we, particularly Christians, are going to put the axe to the root of tyranny, we need to stop rewarding retreating, cowardly pastors and their institutions with our hard earned money and precious time. The wicked civil magistrates are not the root of the problem; the limp wristed, truncated, caricature of Christianity is. Remember that when you write your tithe check. Christ is King. Church: act like it.
[A golden opportunity for leadership was laid in the lap of the church. It was a “gimme”. A slam dunk. It was perfectly obvious, yet most churchmen are so worldly minded and so immersed in pietism that they could not see it. So instead it turned into a disaster, the results of which are yet to be seen. What could have been done easily may now come at a great price. Repentance and a resolute determination to do better are in order.] -editor