Under normal circumstances, we would be approaching the one month mark of the 2020 legislative session. LFF would be tracking legislation, lobbying your values at the Capitol, and asking you to communicate with your legislators. We would be fighting bad bills and ensuring that faith, family, and freedom remained protected in Louisiana.
Obviously, that season will return, but we are facing an entirely different threat at the moment and public policy, outside of COVID-19-related responses, seems inappropriate.
Louisiana hasn’t seen a week quite like this one since Hurricane Katrina. And with each passing day, things seem to get more complicated. The numbers of people impacted, lives claimed, and businesses closed climb daily. To the untrained eye, this all seems insurmountable. But for those “who have eyes to see,” this is a perfect moment for the hope that is within you to be exercised and shared.
Friend, this is our test, of faith, to pass. What a time to be alive if you have the answer!
How often have we heard?:
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray, and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear them from Heaven, I will forgive their sin, and I will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14
Could this season of opportunity be any less ambiguous?
It’s time to pray big prayers to a big God, on behalf of Louisiana, our nation, and the world. If we follow the instructions – humble ourselves, pray, seek his face, turn from wickedness -- we will achieve a response.
Our team has joined thousands of other pastors and church congregations to labor with us in the Unite 7:14 movement. Each day of every week, we pray, together, in unity, for the soul of our state, for the health of our people, and for a move of God in our midst.
I believe if we will pray, this plague will be stayed and God will touch lives.
Here are a few stories we want you to be aware of as you head into your weekend:
A U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals judge in Texas has ruled that the state can enforce an order to close abortion clinics in an effort to preserve personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline healthcare workers. This “stay” overturned a previous injunction that allowed the clinics to remain open. The legal battle isn’t over, but, for the moment, life is prevailing in the courts.
Several of Louisiana’s abortion clinics remain in operation, in defiance of orders to close, meaning that life-taking institutions are competing for scarce resources against life-affirming COVID-19 fighters. Abortionists across the nation are using this health crisis as an excuse to make the “essential provider" argument, to forward their financial interests. LFF wholeheartedly disagrees that these institutions are "essential."
Louisiana’s “Stay-at-Home” proclamation has been extended to April 30th and state officials are working to find solutions to the challenges created. With many out of work without a fully-functioning economy, we should all be on the lookout for ways to serve our neighbors and those with needs around us.
Louisiana State Rep. Ted James has been released from the hospital and is recovering at home. He had been contending with serious symptoms as a result of contracting pneumonia and COVID-19.
We were reminded of Governor Edwards' prayer request on a call with pastors recently; he asked us to pray that he would be given "wisdom to know what to do and the courage to do it.”
Let’s believe together for courage, wisdom, and a miracle.