AFAIN: Americans Looking to God, Why is Your Church Closed?

What Could the Corona Virus Crisis Mean for Americans?

There is an interesting poll from McLaughlin & Associates which finds that almost half (44%) of Americans believe that the deadly Coronavirus is a “wake up call for us to turn back to God.”  Nearly a third (29%) think that this could be the last days predicted in the Bible or a judgement from God.   These groups say Americans need to embrace faith and return to religion.

The poll found that 22% of self-identified non-Christian respondents and 40% of Christians said that this crisis has resulted in more interest in God and spiritual matters.

The sponsor of the poll stated, “Americans in near full lockdown are anxious, and understandably so. Yet millions are turning to God, the Bible and Christian sermons for answers, some of them for the first time. That may be the most important silver lining in this crisis so far.”

Many people are skeptical of polls depending upon who is surveyed and how questions are worded.  This is one poll we can hope and pray is accurate and has found a true feeling of a need for a spiritual revival in our nation.

Governor’s Order Doesn’t Go Far Enough

Last week I reported on the letter signed by half of the Indiana General Assembly sent to Governor Eric Holcomb in response to this crisis and scarce medical supplies.  The legislators specifically addressed the fact that abortion clinics are operating as usual while dental offices and other facilities have shut down.

The Governor responded with an executive order regarding non-essential surgeries.  The order was a good move, but it left open a loophole leaving abortion decisions up to the abortionist.   Predictably, the abortion industry has said that it will move forward performing abortions just as it has before the order.

A second letter has been sent to the Governor this week, asking for this loophole to be closed.  It has been signed by dozens of doctors, nurses and medical staff.

We will see if the Governor responds to this during what many say will be the worst two weeks of this pandemic in Indiana.  This is a time when scarce medical resources belong in the hands of those fighting to save lives, not those ending them.

It’s Easter, Why is Your Church Closed?

Before you answer this question, let me provide an answer.  Churches in Indiana have closed (physically, not electronically) because they care about people and their physical safety.

I would caution you not to say, or to think, that churches are closed because the Governor has asked them, or ordered them, to close.  It’s a fine line distinction, and we are called under Romans 13 to respect those in authority, but the government closing churches has as much constitutional validity as the government closing down newspapers.

The Governor has also asked abortion clinics to close. They haven’t closed because they love money.

Other Harms from this Virus and the Economic Shutdown

There is more to this crisis than just the risk of catching COVID 19. Last week, the head of Indiana’s Family and Social Services Administration detailed what she described as “alarming numbers” concerning mental health and addiction in the state during this crisis.

Dr. Jennifer Sullivan said during the Governor’s afternoon briefing that Indiana’s 211 hotline, which helps with mental health services, including suicide prevention, went from receiving roughly 1,000 calls a day to 25,000 calls a day. And calls to Indiana’s addiction hotlines went from an average of 20 a week to 20 per day.
Alcohol sales in Indiana have skyrocketed 55% with beer sales increasing by 62% and wine sales increasing by 42%.

It is an undeniable fact, overshadowed by the virus infection and death charts, that as unemployment climbs so do many social disruptions and problems, some of which may also lead to health declines and death.

In Their Own Words:

 “In regard to this Great Book, I have but to say, it is the best gift God has given to man. All the good the Savior gave to the world was communicated through this book. But for it, we could not know right from wrong. All things most desirable for man’s welfare, here and hereafter, are to be found portrayed in it.”   – President Abraham Lincoln, 1864, upon receipt of the gift of a Bible.

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