While some states continue to stifle church services with draconian coronavirus lockdown measures, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee gave a church gathering last Sunday more than his mere approval—he participated.
Members from more than 15 churches throughout the Middle Tennessee area gathered at the Williamson County Ag Expo Park for “Beyond Our Walls,” a massive multi-church worship service.
Proceeds from the event went to One Generation Away, an organization that distributes food to needy individuals and families in the region.
Worshipers drove their cars to the venue’s large parking lot to pray, sing, and listen to various speakers, including Gov. Lee.
“Thank you for everything that every one of you are doing,” Lee told attendees from the stage. “Thank you for doing your part to stay apart. Thank you for loving your neighbors as yourself. Thank you for serving in food banks. Thank you for serving in non-profits, and thank you for serving in your neighborhood.”
“Thank you for praying,” Gov. Lee went on. “Thank you for praying for me and for [Tennessee First Lady] Maria [Lee]. Thank you for praying for leaders all across this state. Thank you for praying for those who are sick. Thank you for praying for the families of those that have lost loved ones.”
“And thank you for having hope. In this world, we’ll have many troubles, but we know where our hope comes from, and He has overcome the world,” Lee said, referencing John 16:33 and sparking the sound of countless horns honking.
Lee also thanked doctors, nurses and first responders “for putting [their] lives on the line.”
“We live in a world that is politically, socially, and spiritually charged,” the event’s Facebook page reads. “It seems that no matter what you do, say, or think, half of the world is angry at you and aggressive toward you.”
“The church has to navigate the raging waters of staying open, or not, for public meetings,” the description stated. “We want to be good citizens in the immediate crisis, while simultaneously not wanting to contribute to the long-term infringement upon our cherished religious freedom.”
Praise God! As Christians, we should elect leaders who recognize the authority of Christ as the one true Lord, and who bow their heads to Him in everything they do, both in worship and in leadership.
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