|For Such a Time as This: Trump’s Great Leadership During the COVID-19 Crisis|
Donald Trump (Reuters) The novel coronavirus, which originated in late 2019 in Wuhan, China, will likely be remembered similarly to the way we recall Pearl Harbor or Sept. 11, 2001. In some ways America will never be the same, and I knew I needed to deal with this by writing a quick update of my book God, Trump, and the 2020 Election. I completed that book in the fall of 2019, and it was released Jan. 14, 2020—around the time news reports out of China were warning of a new virus infecting many.
Fast-forward to April 2020, when I felt compelled to put together this book—call it part 2 of the God, Trump, and the 2020 Election message—which I wrote in less than three weeks.
Thankfully, President Trump had quickly shut down the U.S. borders. He announced on Jan. 31 travel restrictions for those coming from China, effective Feb. 2; and then, effective March 16, for those coming from Europe, where the virus was spreading quickly. He declared the outbreak a national emergency on March 13. Even most churches closed their doors after March 16, when the president released guidelines recommending gatherings be limited to no more than 10 people.
With the stay-at-home orders, some enterprises were considered essential—drugstores and grocery stores, for example. Restaurants and bars had to close except for takeout or delivery. However, churches were considered nonessential, while liquor stores were considered essential! Early reports showed that liquor sales were way up while people sheltered in place.
This created an interesting question about religious liberty. Why did the government officials consider churches nonessential? We do, after all, have a constitutional right to freedom of religion.
Rodney Howard-Browne, pastor of the megachurch The River at Tampa Bay in Florida, held services after sanitizing everything and making sure people stayed the required 6 feet apart. The sheriff of his county held a press conference to shame Pastor Howard-Browne for disregarding public safety and … read more
For Such a Time as This: Trump’s Great Leadership During the COVID-19 Crisis 48 Minutes – May 1st 2020 Stephen Strang shares why he was inspired by Trump’s leadership and the role COVID-19 played on religious liberties to light a fire under voters now more than ever with his new book “God, Trump, and COVID-19.” Listen to Strang’s interview from the Greenelines podcast with host Dr. Steve Greene.Listen Now
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