“Make A Joyful Noise….” Unless You Are In California.

California Governor Gavin Newsome

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.

Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. – Psalm 100 (KJV)

Singing and chanting is a bedrock of many religions, but no more so than in Christianity. In the Bible, believers are encouraged to sing and “lift their voices in praise.” In fact, the whole book of Psalms are thought to be songs written by King David (he of the giant slaying) and other writers.

Our favorite passage come from Psalms dealing with music comes from Psalm 150:

Praise the Lord.

1 Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heavens.

2 Praise him for his acts of power;
praise him for his surpassing greatness.

3 Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
praise him with the harp and lyre,

4 praise him with timbrel and dancing,
praise him with the strings and pipe,

5 praise him with the clash of cymbals,
praise him with resounding cymbals.

6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. – Psalm 150 (NIV)

Kind of throws a monkey wrench into the idea that the only “God approved” music comes from a pipe organ, doesn’t it?

But we digress.

California Governor Gavin Newsome and the California Department of Public Health has issued a 14 page directive for churches and other places of worship.

One of the rules is:

Places of worship must therefore discontinue singing and chanting activities and limit indoor attendance to 25% of building capacity or a maximum of 100 attendees, whichever is lower.

Some churches will not go along with the ban:

Dr. Paul Chappell, the pastor of Lancaster Baptist Church, a mega-church north of Los Angeles, told The Todd Starnes Show that his congregation plans on singing even louder.

“First the state told us when to worship. Now they are telling us “how” to worship,” he said. “We have been patient, and safe (even wearing masks). Our church will sing to the Lord Sunday. The heavens declare His glory and so will we.”

It really is the only proper pastoral response to such an unconstitutional edict.

“We have watched our elected leaders pray and sing with demonstrators in the streets. We invite them to join us Sunday to see we actually practice social distancing and we will obey the scripture to sing and admonish one another in the Lord,” the pastor said.

It’s an interesting point.

If Black Lives Matter protesters can chant, “Pigs in a blanket, fry ’em like bacon,” why can’t Christians chant, the Lord’s Prayer?

Even more interesting, is “what will happen if a church violates theses orders / directives?

Is the State of California willing to send a SWAT type raid into a church and arrest congregationalists?

Is the State of California willing to police to arrest people for the “crime” of singing?

This is nuts.

This is the type of order that makes people think that the government has lost their daggone mind. This is the type of order that makes people want to tell the government to go straight to Hades.

The State could have, and arguably should have, sent people to the churches to talk to pastors / teachers. Encourage the churches to follow guidelines that make sense rather that laws that make no sense.

Some churches will go along with the order, and that is there choice. Some will not.

So while people will march, chant, and sing in protest, if you do that in a church, you can face criminal and civil charges.

That simply does not make sense.

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