CITIZEN: In a time of emergency powers, the government needs to be reminded the Church IS essential.

Rep. Shane Baker’s Church is Essential Act (HB 43) makes clear that government can’t discriminate against churches.

For believers, gathering with our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ to collectively worship our Lord is not optional, but rather commanded in Scripture (Hebrews 10:25).

Thankfully, here in America, this charge to worship collectively with fellow believers is not at odds with the law of our land. In fact, this Biblical command is upheld and protected by our right to the free exercise of religion in the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment.

Unfortunately, in an attempt to slow down the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, Gov. Andy Beshear and other government officials decided to overstep their authority and demand that churches close for an indefinite time.

Gov. Beshear threatened Kentuckians’ First Amendment rights and our obligation to gather with Christ’s Body (the church) when he made it a crime to attend church on Easter Sunday 2020. Praise God, in May 2020, a federal judge rebuked Beshear’s major overreach for unlawfully targeting religious worship and violating the Constitution.

Kentucky Representative Shane Baker (R) has introduced the “Church is Essential Act” (House Bill 43) to ensure our First Amendment rights and, more importantly, our Biblical command to worship with fellow believers is protected.

HB 43 — Talking Points

  • The use of emergency powers does not suspend the U.S. or Kentucky Constitutions.

  • Government should not discriminate against religious organizations, simply because they are religious.

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