Our current Federal government claims to have the right to force Americans to violate their religious convictions. What happened to the Constitution’s guarantee of Religious Freedom? That question should be answered this year, as the US Supreme Court decides the fate of those First Amendment rights.
The Green family, owners of Hobby Lobby, have refused to comply with Obama’s religious freedom-gutting of the Constitution. Their case is being presented to the Supreme Court today. For the past two years they have been fighting Obamacare’s requirement to provide abortion-inducing pharmaceuticals to their employees, claiming that the law violates their personal religious freedom to believe that abortion is a sin. The government has threatened the Greens with enormous financial loss for their stand against this attempt to make them complicit in a baby-killing policy.
The First Amendment to our Constitution begins with, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” The Constitution’s two “Religion Clauses,” describe the separation between religion and government, meant to protect and ensure the integrity of both.
1. The Establishment Clause prohibits the recognition of an official State religion, or the preferential treatment of one faith over another.
2. The Free Exercise Clause ensures the freedom of individuals to practice the religion of their choosing, specifically prohibiting government from enacting laws that target any religion.
These Clauses clearly provide independent religious rights to every citizen! The current struggle to maintain these rights is due in part to the ignorance of so many in this nation today. How often have you heard the Amendment’s misrepresentation,”Freedom from religion?” The lack of knowledge regarding one of our basic American rights is appalling!
It’s becoming clear that Christianity is the target-religion of the century! Only Christ-followers are being told to stop living their faith. Only the Bible is attacked, libeled, and hated. Name another that is constantly on the defense, ridiculed publicly, denied nationally, and being driven to the private arena rapidly.
Those who follow the Book and its Author understand the reason for these attacks. Our God is alive, all-powerful, and victorious in His purposes…truths that enrage those that choose to remain in their unbelief!
Hobby Lobby Appreciation Day is scheduled this Saturday. Show up at your local store and express your support for the fight for religious freedom!
“If the world hates you, know that it has hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. (John 15:18/ESV)
The purpose of this blog is to encourage Christ-followers to see God’s Big Picture and be a part of it.