California tried to stop Christians from hosting Bible studies in their own homes, deeming it “unsafe.”
But in a massive victory for Christians everywhere, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled such restrictions likely violated the Constitution.
Better yet, they ruled that the restrictions against Christians were unenforceable – and just wait until you hear their reasoning.
To start, it’s clear leftist states like California have used the pandemic as an opportunity to shut down churches.
In fact, all around the world Christians are being told they’re forbidden to gather and are even getting arrested for hosting church services.
While these actions are claimed to be done in the name of “safety,” all they do is discriminate against Christians – especially when places like malls and restaurants are allowed to stay open.
But in California, Governor Newsom went so far as to try and ban Bible studies from taking place in peoples’ own homes – claiming no more than 3 families could gather.
Who would’ve thought the day would come when an American politician would have the authority – or the audacity – to actually limit the number of people allowed to gather in one’s own private residence!
Yet, here we are.
Even worse, the Ninth Circuit Court sided with the Governor, and it seemed like all hope was lost.
That is, until the highest court in the nation stepped in.
The Supreme Court issued an order and called out the duplicity taking place in California.
Christian Headlines reported:
“California treats some comparable secular activities more favorably than at-home religious exercise, permitting hair salons, retail stores, personal care services, movie theaters, private suites at sporting events and concerts, and indoor restaurants to bring together more than three households at a time,” the unsigned order said.
The high court also criticized the Ninth Circuit’s decision.
“Instead of requiring the State to explain why it could not safely permit at-home worshipers to gather in larger numbers while using precautions used in secular activities, the Ninth Circuit erroneously declared that such measures might not ‘translate readily’ to the home,” the order said.
“The State cannot ‘assume the worst when people go to worship but assume the best when people go to work.”
Thankfully, the Supreme Court has a conservative majority or else we’d have a completely different narrative.
Christians should have the freedom to gather and worship our Lord and Savior – whether in person, at a church, or at a home Bible study.
But as we’ve learned during this pandemic, those who are hostile to Christianity will use their power and authority to do everything possible to stop Christians from meeting.
While this victory is yet another win for Christians in California, we must continue to pray for our brothers and sisters around the world who are still banned from meeting and even persecuted when they do.
May God continue to give them strength as they persevere against all odds.
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