COVID will go down in history as one of the most tumultuous times in the history of the world and certainly in the history of the United States. Every freedom we have known in America was threatened as government bureaucrats tyrannically began passing and implementing laws never before seen and thanks to the courageous faith of some leaders, will never be able to pass again. These men and women stood up for their faithand their beliefs and their churches, states, and the world is all the better for it.
1 Sean Feucht
Sean Feucht's bold stance during COVID and his refusal to stop worshipping God served as an inspiration to thousands, even millions of believers around the country. Feucht started Let Us Worship in response to California Governor Gavin Newsom's restrictions on worship and forbidding people to sing or chant.
2 Che Ahn
Che Ahn, pastor of Harvest Rock Church in Pasadena refused to keep the doors of his church closed during COVID, reopening his church despite threats of persecution, prison, fines, and more. Ahn led a lawsuit against the state of California, going to the Supreme Court for his right to worship. Ahn and Harvest Rock won a defining victory that set the precedent for churches nationwide to continue worshipping in the midst of the pandemic.
3 Mark Robinson, Lt. Governor of North Carolina
Robinson is a fighter for the rights of all Americans and the constitutional liberties this nation has granted to its citizens. Theviral video sensation that catapulted him to national prominence in the fight for gun rights has been outspoken about his faith in the public sphere of government and is taking a stand for his faith and for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
4 Attorney Matthew Staver
Attorney Matthew Staver is single-handedly responsible for a number of landmark cases for religious freedom. His work and arguments on behalf of Harvest Rock Church, healthcare workers of NorthShore University HealthSystem, and others have been heard and ruled in favor of by the Supreme Court of the United States, bringing about freedom for worship and freedom for Christians across the nation.
5 Coach Kennedy and religious liberty for all Americans
In a 6-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the right of former high school football coach Joe Kennedy to take a knee in quiet prayer after football games even if he can be seen by students and the general public. Importantly, today’s decision respects the Constitutional rights of all public-school teachers and coaches to engage in a brief, personal prayer in public.
6 DeSantis's spiritual battle against the enemy and the left
Perhaps no politician except President Donald J. Trump has contended for the rights of Americans and American families as much as Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida. The man of faith has stood courageously against the left's mobs that have sought to take over our schools, media, entertainment, churches, and more during this tumultuous time, yet DeSantis has stood in faith, trusting God and not backing down from his righteous convictions.
“Get ready for battle. Put on the full armor of God. Take a stand against the left's; schemes. Stand firm with the belt of truth around your waist. You will face flaming arrows but the shield of faith will protect you.”
In 2022, this November is going to be the time when America fought back.”
“I’ll be standing my ground, I’ll be walking that line. We’ve accomplished a lot in the state of Florida but we are only just beginning.”
7 Sean Malone of CRI
The disaster relief organization did not stop its mission to bring hope to the hurting and helpless during COVID, sending missions teams on numerous trips into Ukraine, local and international trips refusing to stop preaching the gospel despite the risks.
8 Pastor Mike McClure of Calvary Chapel San Jose
Pastor Mike McClure responded to the victory that his church won to stay open during COVID. The court overturned all fines and removed all judgments against the house of God. “I thank God that our actions have been justified by the Court of Appeal. We are here to help the hurting, save the lost, and worship God without governmental intrusion.”