Monday was a huge day for religious freedom and the sanctity of life. In case you missed it, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Conestoga Wood Specialties and Hobby Lobby against the abortion pill mandate.
In the aftermath of this decision, a trip over to Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media platform makes one thing clear: there is a lot of misinformation about this ruling. Some abortion advocates, including the White House, claim that the decision jeopardizes women’s health. Others think the decision will allow companies to do whatever they want in the name of religion. And Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg didn’t hold back in her dissent, declaring, “The Court, I fear, has ventured into a minefield.”
As Christians, we must share the truth.
- You should never have to pay for someone else’s abortion pills when that goes against your deeply held religious beliefs.
- Religious freedom laws apply so you can freely live out your faith in every area of your life.
- Conestoga Wood Specialties and Hobby Lobby's religious beliefs lead them to provide their employees with generous health plans, salaries, and benefits.
- Conestoga Wood Specialties and Hobby Lobby only object to paying for drugs that can cause an early abortion. With this ruling, the court guaranteed they won’t have to.
- The government lost this case because there is no "right" to force some people to buy abortion pills for others. True civil rights and health practices were not undermined by the decision at all.
This is a great landmark victory with huge implications. We’ve already seen an immediate, positive impact in other cases against the mandate including for our clients, the Newland and Grote families. And there is still more to come…
So, with all this in mind, what do we do now?
First, we pray.
We must praise God in thanksgiving for this victory, for working through the attorneys, and for our allies The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.
We must pray for religious freedom and the dignity of life in all stages.
And we must pray for each other, especially those who disagree with us. God loves each of us, even those who disagree with the Supreme Court ruling, hate Christianity, or threatened to burn down Hobby Lobby (Warning: Strong language contained in link).
But we can’t do so in a spirit of pride, arrogance, or out of an attitude that we know better than others because of our Christian faith. We must pray in humility and love, trusting in God alone to continue to see us through the storms of this world. After all, we don’t achieve victory through our own efforts. We achieve victory through His grace.
Then, with a lot of cases against Obamacare and the HHS Mandate remaining, we advocate.
Now, this won’t be easy. But Jesus never promised easy. We hear in John 16:33, “In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world.”
We will face trouble, pushback, hate, name calling, and more. But we can’t give up.
We need to continue to help people understand the dignity of life in all stages.
We must share the truth of this ruling and debunk the misinformation.
And we need to help people understand that religious freedom isn’t just about where you worship on Sundays. It’s about the ability to live out your faith in every area of your life.
Use Facebook. Use Twitter. Use email, phone calls, or other conversations. Whatever it takes to get the message of Truth and love across.
But do so with humility because if we get lost in our pride, nobody wins.
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