Now that Barack Obama has won re-election and the Republicans failed to gain control of the Senate, Obamacare is here to stay. And it may usher in one of the greatest and costliest battles in our nation’s history – Barack Obama v. Church.
When I think of the costliest battles upon our own soil, the Revolutionary and Civil Wars top the list. In both of these battles, thousands have lost their lives and thousands more were maimed and left destitute. In the ensuing battle that is right around the corner, we may see thousands imprisoned and hundreds of institutions and businesses die and close their doors leaving thousands of Americans with a job or income.
The battle of Obama v. Church will be centered around the contraceptive mandate. Obama insists that any employer with religious beliefs will be forced to violate those beliefs by providing contraceptives and abortifacients to all employees. For those of strong belief, this mandate is no different than demanding a Muslim eat pork or even worse, demand that Obama tell the absolute truth for a whole month.
The list of Christian organizations that have filed suit to prevent them from having to comply with the contraception mandate is growing. According to some of the sources, churches that are among that list are not going to cave in to the demands of the Obama administration and will resist to the bitter end.
Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and Missionaries of the Gospel of Life has joined the ranks of organizations that have filed lawsuits to block the HHS mandate (contraception mandate). American Freedom Law Center acted on behalf of Priests for Life, one of the largest pro-life organizations in the nation, in filing the suit this past Friday.
In an interview, Fr. Pavone told OneNewsNow:
“They’re not going to change their teaching — and apparently the administration, as arrogant as it is, isn’t going to change either. So what does that mean? It certainly means a conflict; it means a clash; it means perhaps civil disobedience and prison for some people.”
“We know that the people that we do reach do understand the issues. The issues themselves are persuasive — life and marriage and freedom — but we’ve got to do a better job of targeting, of marketing, and frankly we need a lot more support from the grassroots people.”
“If people believe in this kind of work that conservative groups are doing, they’ve got to get behind it with their time and also with their resources.”
Religious leaders like Fr. Pavone are willing to stake everything they have to fight the injustice of the contraception mandate. They have vowed to never betray their faith by submitting to it. The fines and penalties for not complying are steep and could result in prison time, but Fr. Pavone is prepared to go that route if he has to.
From what I’ve read, other religious leaders are indicating that they will take a similar stand against an unholy act of religious treachery.
But what about you?
Whether you are a Catholic, Protestant, Jew or Muslim, the HHS mandate is a direct offense to your religion and as a believer of your faith, you have an obligation to stand up for that belief and do what you can to help in the legal fight to end this desecration of religious freedom and liberty. Are you willing to be a legal martyr for your faith or will you be one of those wishy-washy believers that goes with the flow and tries not to make waves? If you are and you profess to be a Christian, may I remind you of the warning given to the Church at Laodicea in Revelation 3:15-16:
“‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.”