I am a Responsible Armed American.
I am also a Child of GOD and a citizen of heaven. Most Sundays I am at church from 10:00-12:00
The Bill of rights says as an American; I have the right to worship GOD and to go to church.
The First Amendment
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof: or abridging the freedom of speech or the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”
According to this Amendment, whether you are Christian, Jew, Muslim, or Native American, or any religion, you have the right to worship your GOD.
As a child of GOD who was freed from sin by CHRIST, who died on the cross for my sins, I should go to church and worship the one who set me free.
Yet during the coronavirus, none of this seems to matter.
The government banned church services across our country, which I believe is a direct violation of the First Amendment. Yes, churches have been holding virtual services where they share recorded messages or stream them live.
But Virtual church is not the same on multiple levels.
Most churches complied with the governor’s orders, including my church.
The Biblical basis for this decision is 1 Peter 2:13
“Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority whether to the emperor as the supreme authority, or to the governors who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. For it is GOD’S will that by doing good, you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people.”
Was the governor’s order a violation of the First Amendment? As a citizen of heaven, does our loyalty to GOD trump the need to submit to the governor’s order?
Crazy questions in the age of the corona universe
The other exciting issue this Amendment brings up is The freedom of the press.
I get Concealed Carry Magazine in the mail, and it always has useful articles in it. If, in the future, the magazine publishes an article critical of Red Flag Laws as an example. Would Concealed Carry Magazine be protected by freedom of the press?
The people who protested the shutdown of the economy were exercising their First Amendment rights.
The final thought I want to share is from Dawn the Community Manager.
“The way I’m looking at this trying to find a way to unite the most people in respect to assembly instead of dividing people based on freedom of religion. That is not to discount religion in any way. It is to find a common ground that we, as Americans, can agree on and get behind - no matter if we’re Catholic, Muslim, Buddist, Atheist, or any other religion.”
So I am curious,
when was the last time you studied the Bill of Rights?
What right protected by the 1st Amendment do you value the most?
Do you believe the First Amendment is still relevant?