I am still in a state of shock over the U. S. Supreme Court’s refusal to hear an appeal of a ruling that effectively disallows churches from renting public school buildings for worship services. Although I was unsure how the Court would rule if they took the case, I figured that it was significant enough for the justices to hear it and weigh in. But what do I know?
The decision has left churches scrambling to find a place to meet before the February 12 deadline to move out. I spoke with one pastor today who said that the school their church rents will not renew his lease, which ends December 31. So apparently February 12 is the latest a church may continue worshiping in a NYC public school, and some churches may be stuck with an earlier deadline.
City councilman Fernando Cabrera, himself a pastor, plans to hold a press conference tomorrow at noon on the steps of City Hall. He plans to introduce legislation that would remove the Board of Education’s ability to evict churches. I encourage all of you who are able to be there by 11.30 a.m. (Take the 4-5-6 to Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall.) A strong show of support from the Christian community may go a long way to reversing this story.
Above all, let us pray that the One True God would glorify himself through these events and cause the light of his gospel to shine clearly through his people.