Governor John Bel Edwards has announced three days of fasting and prayer – to petition God for an end to COVID-19. The fast begins Monday, July 20 and will last through Wednesday, July 22. Click here for details.
Governor Edwards has been very responsive to the requests of faith leaders in Louisiana, and has made his team available to respond to concerns and communicate through LFF. We are grateful to be a bridge between the faith community and the decision makers in our government, and we ask that you join us, and pastors across our great state, for this prayer and fasting effort. A special thanks to Pastor Neal Bernard at New Wine Fellowship for this project.
We believe that God hears prayers wherever two or more are gathered (Matthew 18:20), and that exercising our responsibility to cry out to Him is especially critical at this juncture in our nation’s history. Additionally, we should support and encourage leaders to publicly express their faith and God's offer of salvation to the repentant in this season of turmoil. Prayer makes a difference, and history shows us that those who take advantage of time before God see results.
Here are a few stories we think you ought to know about as we head into the weekend:
Vice President Mike Pence visits Louisiana this week to promote the Administration’s efforts to reopen schools this fall. They believe that the nation is now prepared to handle COVID-19’s wrath in terms of production of testing kits, ventilators, and the like, and that it is safe for children to return to their education. The Louisiana state board of education has announced minimum safety standards towards that end as well.
Louisiana is now under a mask-‘request’, but what does that mean exactly? While the ‘mandate’ admonishes people to wear face coverings in public, there are exceptions, and Attorney General Jeff Landry has opined that the mandate is ‘likely not’ legal or enforceable under the Louisiana Constitution. Read the Governor's order here - it is a request!
Churches targeted in California are moving to openly challenge the authority of the state after the governor moved to again restrict faith gatherings in the name of virus control. LFF believes that churches should be prudent and take precautions to prevent the spread of illness, but that they not abdicate their responsibility to pastor & preach.
It is a privilege to work alongside you to improve Louisiana for families, business owners, and faith communities.