Faith is Openly Challenged
Last month, Hobby Lobby filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration’s contraceptive/abortion mandate portion of the Affordable Healthcare Act. Hobby Lobby is the largest business, to date, to file suit, having 500 stores in 41 states. There are some 3 dozen lawsuits against the mandate that are pending.
You might remember that Hercules Industries, a Colorado business owned by devout Roman Catholics, won a temporary injunction preventing implementation of the mandate. Note, the ruling is being appealed by the administration.
However, a Federal court in Missouri threw out a similar lawsuit filed by O’Brien Industrial Holdings, LLC saying that the mandate to provide “indirect financial support of a practice” to which O’Brien had objected on the basis of the violation of his religious rights was not “a substantial burden” on him or his company.
Hobby Lobby founder and CEO, David Green, says that Hobby Lobby’s insurance plans do cover contraception that is preventative in nature, but that the “abortion-causing drugs go against our faith, and our family is now being forced to choose between following the laws of the land that we love or maintaining the religious beliefs that have made our business successful…We simply cannot abandon our religious beliefs to comply with this mandate…our faith is being challenged by the federal government.”
Legislating Our Morality
Liberals, the irreligious, and those who want nothing to do with God or anything absolute are quick to use the phrase, “you can’t legislate morality” when they feel their rights are being violated. We, who do believe in moral absolutes, are told that we are not to “jam our belief system down their throats.” I have not heard one liberal, the ACLU, or any other leftist stand up and scream about the violation of the rights of millions of Americans who hold the traditional values that made this nation great.
Social engineering (manipulating a population to accomplish cultural change) is the absolute goal of godless liberal politics. To illustrate, if a conservative doesn’t believe in owning a gun, he won’t buy one, but believes that everyone ought to have the right to make that choice. A liberal, on the other hand, needs to engineer society so that no one has the right to purchase or own guns in order to validate his own position. This administration is as intent on and engaged in social engineering as any in American history and it will violate our rights as Christians to accomplish its end.
In order to manipulate a population, the “foreign” (that which is radically different) must be made to feel familiar. The cultural change being sought by the godless liberal left through Obamacare and its mandate, concerns the sanctity of life. American society had assumed, until the past 60 years in American life, that life was sacred and that it began at conception. The baby (not the “blob of cells”) had a right to life. The population had to be manipulated to make holding that position become uncomfortable so that the “foreign” position could be made to feel familiar.
Where Was The Church?
In the 1950s, the absolutes of the Bible and public prayer were removed from public schools. The blame can only be laid at the feet of the church which was silent and allowed people to be put in positions to make such decisions.
One can assert that a slippery slope was created which led to changing abortion policies in the 1960s, which led to the landmark Roe v. Wade decision in 1973. The women’s movement, women’s rights, civil rights, and environmental rights groups all formed during that era. Moral relativism became a mainstream teaching of philosophy rather that the radical fringe it had occupied previously. Again, the church was largely silent and those that did speak out were branded as radicals in order to marginalize their message.
Accepting relativism as “normal” and “absolutism” as radical has been a resounding success of liberal social engineers. Making the “foreign” feel familiar was absolutely essential if the culture was to be changed and they have done it well. A neutered church has stood silently and allowed core beliefs and values to be eradicated in the social marketplace. This President even had the courage to proclaim that we are now a “post-Christian” nation.
One should not be surprised by the mandates and the legislation put forth by the social engineers of our day. Their worldview does not include your individual rights or beliefs. The only way for the agenda they espouse to be realized is to muzzle the church and every Christian. Don’t expect things to be “like they used to be,” they will not. The paradigm has changed and we have allowed it to happen.
A recent Gallup poll indicated that 9% of registered voters say they will only support pro-life candidates while only 7% say they will back only pro-choice candidates. The 2% margin is sufficient to make the difference in any election. The 2% margin comes, primarily, from those who consider themselves Christians. How then, can those same Christians vote for the very people who advance the agenda with which they specifically disagree?
Hobby Lobby and the others who have sued are challenging the social engineering being promulgated by a “post-Christian” administration. It is time the Church of Jesus Christ began to stand publicly for the things we say we stand for privately. It’s time the clergy started teaching the absolute truths of God’s Word.
The Bible is replete with examples of God’s involvement in politics. He has mandated His people be involved. It is past time that the cowards who man pulpits and will not teach/preach on the absolutes of morality, lying, cheating, stealing, murder, and leadership because it may be offensive be removed. God did not call the Church and its pastors to be politically correct, he called us to be the nation’s conscience.