We live in a day in which our rulers seek to forget the reality that they are accountable to Jesus Christ. Governor Newsom is accountable to Jesus Christ. Mayor Faulconer is accountable to Jesus Christ. The Lord Jesus will hold these men accountable for how they ruled in this land.
We are accountable to Jesus Christ. And we are called to full, unadulterated submission to his commands. This means that we, sometimes, have to stand opposed to the civil authority God has established.
When the civil authority is a terror to the good rather than a terror to the evil, when the civil authority attempts to regulate the church’s worship of the Triune God, we are called to submit to Christ rather than our earthly rulers. Our civil authorities cannot mandate how we worship God. That authority is ultimately Christ’s; he has appointed elders, not mayors and governors, to govern his church.
We are also blessed to live in a land in which we have a constitution that protects us in exercising such fundamental rights. The first amendment protects our right to worship God publicly and to peaceably assemble.
Recognize that we are in a day of diverse weights and false balances.
Christians are being arrested for worshiping God without obeying mask mandates while BLM rallies go unpunished with similar disobedience. Planned Parenthood didn’t shut down in California while churches were told to close their doors.
The scales are not level, the weights are not equal. We aren’t allowed to sing in our church buildings, and, depending on our church size, we aren’t able to meet together as a body. This is the current state of affairs.
We are singing here together to declare that Christ is King and to protest these unjust “laws” demanding that we worship with social distancing or masks, that we sit outside of empty church buildings if we want to sing together, and that we fragment the body of Christ to meet within the walls of our own property.
Because Jesus is King, we obey him above all earthly authorities. The stipulations of our worship belong to the Lord Jesus.
And, remember, our worship isn’t stagnant, stationary, or docile. It is not unproductive.
Our worship of God brings about his purposes in the world. God is pleased in his freedom to use our worship to spread abroad his kingdom in the world.
We worship the living God. Our King is the crucified, resurrected, and ascended King. We are declaring that this whole world, unjust rulers included, can have forgiveness of sins and eternal life in Christ.
We are declaring that Jesus is Lord of all, and the whole world has been given to him as his rightful inheritance.
How this gospel is proclaimed, the stipulations of our worship, belong to the Lord Jesus. One day, all will bow to him. We want to serve the Lord with fear and rejoice with trembling. And we want to pray that our rulers kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and they perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little.
We want to declare boldly, in our city square, blessed are all they that put their trust in him.