May 25, 2020
Several faith leaders are speaking out against President Donald Trump’s demand that governors allow churches to reopen while the country still battles the Coronavirus pandemic.
Trumps Push To Open Churches Contradicts Jesus Teaching To Love Neighbours, Clergy Say
According to the activist Reverend William Barber, Trump’s push contradicts a fundamental tenet of the president’s Christian faith ― to love your neighbour as yourself.
“It’s a violation of loving your neighbour as yourself to do something that you know could put your neighbour in harm’s way,” Barber told HuffPost on Friday. “That’s a fundamental violation.” 
Barber pointed to scriptureverses that lash out at people who cling to religious customs while mistreating the poor, immigrants and other marginalised people.
“Those who will worship and go through religious ceremony, but don’t care for justice and lifting up the poor and fighting for what is right, the Bible calls it hypocrisy, the very thing that God does not like,” Barber said.Houses of worship are not essential, but true worship is: “When I was hungry, did you feed me? When I was thirsty, did you give me a drink? When I was a stranger, did you invite me in? When I was naked, did you clothe me? When I was sick and in prison, did you visit me?”— Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II (@RevDrBarber) May 22, 2020Trump announced during a White House press conference on Friday that he is labelling houses of worship “essential” and calling on states to allow them to reopen over the holiday weekend. He threatened to “override” governors who defy him, although legal scholars say he lacks formal power to force governors to follow his orders.“Some governors have deemed liquor stores and abortion clinics as essential, but have left out houses of worship. It’s not right,” Trump said. “So I’m correcting this injustice by calling houses of worship essential.”
Trump’s push aligns most closely with the priorities of white evangelicals and quickly drew praise from close evangelical allies, such as the evangelist Franklin Graham and Texas pastor Robert Jeffress. White evangelicals were more likely than other American religious groups to say they were worried that coronavirus restrictions won’t be lifted quickly enough, according to a Pew Research Center survey completed on May 5. 
Nevertheless, there is concern even among this constituency that state governments will return to normal too quickly. Around half of white evangelicals (51%) say they are more concerned that coronavirus restrictions will be lifted too quickly. Reverend Jim Wallis, president of the progressive Christian group Sojourners, called on people of faith to stay at home “until it is healthy and safe to gather again.” Like Barber, Wallis said that this was a way to live out Jesus’ teaching to love your neighbour.
“We all want to go back to our corporate church gatherings — but only when that is safe, being very careful not to infect each other or our neighbours with a virus,” Wallis told HuffPost. 
“Keeping houses of worship closed until safety is secured is a direct action to love and protect our neighbours,” he added.
More Christian clergy chimed in on Twitter to criticsze Trump’s move:Today, Donald Trump insisted that all houses of worship in the United States should reopen this weekend. That call will cost lives. People of faith should ignore the president and listen instead to public health officials. #COVIDー19#StayHome#StayHomeStayHolypic.twitter.com/EuKV506MRE— Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie (@RevChuckCurrie) May 22, 2020I’d rather my parish be an online hotspot of the gospel rather than an in-person hotspot of COVID-19. But thanks for asking.— Tim Schenck (@FatherTim) May 22, 2020* opens twitter ** sighs ** closes twitter ** locks church doors, goes home, uploads worship video for Sunday, continues following Christ's call to be a shepherd who protects the lives of the sheep *— Rev. Emmy Kegler (@emmykegler) May 22, 2020Churches shouldn’t open until local authorities determine it is safe for them to do so, said Reverend James Martin, editor at large of the Catholic magazine America. Trump’s broad attempt to pressure every governor to allow houses of worship to reopen “will just lead to more infections and death, especially among the most vulnerable,” he told HuffPost.
The desire to worship in person must be tempered by concern for others’ safety, Martin said.
“It’s not just about ‘your desire,’ holy though it may be,” Martin told HuffPost. “Wearing a mask, keeping social distance and even not gathering in church is a way of protecting others ― and of loving others.”
“Essentially, it’s not just about you ― especially if you’re asymptomatic,” he said.Barber, co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign, has led a campaign calling on people to “stay in place” and “stay alive” in areas where authorities are reopening against the advice of public health officials and other experts.It has been weeks since Barber worshipped in person with his faith community, North Carolina’s Greenleaf Christian Church. But he insists that doesn’t mean his church stopped being a church. Church members have been having Bible studies and worshipping online, serving meals to the hungry, checking in on seniors, and organizing civic participation, he said.
Church buildings are important, but in the end, they’re just buildings, Barber said.
“Do they have importance? Yes, but even those buildings are not more important than people doing the will of the Lord, being the church, being the transforming agent in communities,” he said. 
“Ultimately for Christians, Jesus didn’t spend most of his time in a building, he spent his time with people ― the poor, the sick, the blind, the lame, the leper. That’s what Jesus did.”Related... This Is What Happens When A Global Pandemic Lands Just As Your Ambitions Are Taking Off How I Cope: Looking Out Of My Window Has Become My New Favourite Pastime Boris Johnson Refuses To fire Dominic Cummings Despite Lockdown Allegations
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