Today is a day that will live in infamy………..
These words bring a cold chill throughout many American bodies whenever they hear them. The first time those words were spoken were in 1941, by President Franklin D. Roosevelt describing the horrific attack on Pearl Harbor. Many of us echoed that phrase when our great country was again attacked on September 11th. And for Christians in America, we will repeat those words again today as we take a major step into losing our religious freedom.
Today, begins the Health and Human Service mandate for all employers to provide contraception, sterilization, and abortion-causing drugs to their healthcare plans. For all for-profit businesses, the mandate begins today, and for all religious non-profit organizations the mandate will take effect on August 1, 2013, a year from today.
Last week HHS and the Obama administration took a big hit when a Colorado District Court ruled in favor of a Colorado family that argued the mandate went against their religious beliefs. Andy Newland and his family are Catholic, they are small business owners, and they felt like should not be forced to participate in a mandate that goes against their faith. The court agreed. While this was a victory for the Newlands and their business, the ruling only applies to this one business, and it is only temporary.
The government argues that this mandate is not a freedom of religion issue, because no religion requires someone to start or own a business. I suppose that Kathleen Sebelius and the HHS feel that Americans have a choice: we can either own a business or keep our right of conscience. I assume we can no longer have both.
The goal of the progressives in the United States is to remove the idea of faith in God from society and replace it with faith in government. They believe that it is not God that provides for His people, but the government and if they can get enough people to fall into the trap then they can stay in power at any level.
Founding Father, John Jay once said, “Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation, to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.”
If there will be a change in the direction this country, we must hold ourselves accountable. 2 Chronicles 7:14 reads, “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” He is still in charge, we are still a nation of the people, but we have to decide what we want.
Make no mistake about it, once this law takes effect today, we have allowed the federal government to 100% disregard our faith, and this is just the first of many changes we will be seeing in the future due to Obamacare. Like it or not, Christians are treading on thin ice in America. We are not giving up our religious liberty, it is furiously being ripped away, and we must put a stop to the grab.
Unless we provoke a change in direction, our children might look back on this day and know that this was the day America changed forever.