On this episode of The Federalist Radio Hour, Assistant Editor Kylee Zempel and Culture Editor Emily Jashinsky break down why going to church is essential for people of faith, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the toll lockdowns have taken on Americans’ mental health.
“It is such a bright spot, among so many other things that are just dark, when you’re able to attend church weekly,” Zempel said.
“To have something that shines so far above the rest, maybe puts in perspective really how important churches, how important a community is and that people who are able to gather with their churches actually do increase their mental health because they’re no longer relying on these other things that are more material,” she added.
While Jashinsky noted that the decline of faith in America is “central to so many of our different problems,” Zempel hopes that the importance of faith and gathering for worship makes a comeback.
“I think this entire moment is just very redemptive that we were headed toward a bad place and this could actually bring us back in a way that it wouldn’t have had we not entered the darkness of the pandemic,” Zempel said.