Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Hillary Clinton – Harassment of Church by State

I have observed many Christians express a startling denial of today's reality of systematic persecution of Christians both here and abroad. It is hard to appropriately identify why reality can’t be seen by those who should possess the spiritual insight to know better. Are Christians ignoring headlines? Are the headlines not real? Is the problem due to spiritual blind spots? Is there too great a desire on the part of Christians for the Church to compromise? Is the Church supposed to be in lock step with popular culture or peculiar in comparison? Is the desire to be seen as in tune, a desire that spiritually blinds? Are the Christians that are being persecuted in the wrong? Or is there a systematic persecution of Christians that is foolish to deny?

The truth is that there is obviously systematic persecution of Christians both here and abroad. Even liberal atheist upon liberal atheist are joining the discussions with apology for the aggressive intolerance against Christians. That is Exhibit A that we have reached the breaking point. How is it that liberal atheists see what some Christians can’t? By the way, regardless of whether you are one of those who ignores the ongoing persecution or not, you are still loved. But, you are implored to open your spiritual eyes. It is open season on Christians. And, by the looks of the upcoming political season, it promises only to get worse.

For example, earlier this week, Hillary Clinton, Democratic candidate for President of the United States, addressed the “Women in the World Summit.” In a very definitive moment in her speech she all but said that for the sake of abortion rights, our religious beliefs must change. “Far too many women are denied access to reproductive health care and safe childbirth, and laws don’t count for much if they’re not enforced. Rights have to exist in practice — not just on paper…Laws have to be backed up with resources and political will. And deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed. As I have said and as I believe, the advancement of the full participation of women and girls in every aspect of their societies is the great unfinished business of the 21st century and not just for women but for everyone — and not just in far away countries but right here in the United States.” Interestingly, she only calls for the religious beliefs of Christians to change, and not Muslims. In fact, she is more than happy to collect hundreds of millions of dollars from countries that openly force women into sexual slavery. More to the point, since America does not deny services to women in labor, “reproductive health care” in her quote is clearly code for abortion. And, according to Clinton, for the sake of killing unborn children, it is our religious beliefs that must change. And, if she is President, you can bet that is precisely what she will do.

Before we analyze this, to Mrs. Clinton, I have a couple questions: Who do you think you are? According to what authority must the beliefs of Christians change? Who gets to decide whose views should change? What if your views should change? Beliefs should be free and Government should not be.

For those who deny that such political speech is far from reality, take for example that earlier this month the ACLU filed a lawsuit against the Federal Government hoping to force Catholic non-profits to provide abortions (against their deeply held beliefs) to illegal immigrants crossing the border. The government contracts with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to care for those children until they can either reunite with a relative or face an immigration hearing. But, the USCCB objects to a regulation proposed by the Obama administration requiring contractors provide abortions to immigrants who have been raped. According to ACLU staff attorney, Brigitte Amiri, “The Catholic Bishops are taking millions of dollars in federal grants- and then imposing their beliefs on this vulnerable population who they are supposed to serve… and that raises serious concerns under the separation of church and state provision in our Constitution.” So, in the spirit of not imposing beliefs, the ACLU and her lapdog, the Government, will impose their bloody beliefs upon the Catholic Church? No, thanks!

The ACLU has played their card. They have redefined the “separation of church and state” as the state regulating the Church to violate its conscience. I'm sure Hillary Clinton is applauding. The state is actually suppressing and harassing the Church at a dramatic pace. That is precisely the opposite of what separation of Church and State means. From the Federalist Papers and other contemporary writings, separation of Church and State is purely meant to prevent the establishment of a national religion, among other things. In this, first and foremost, the Church is to be protected from the State. Which is what inspired our Founding and was memorialized in the First Amendment to the Constitution (and the Bill of Rights). Secondly, the electorate is protected from the State attempting to nationalize a religion. And, forcing Godless murder upon the Church, is a graphic violation of the Constitution. But, this is what Hillary Clinton advocates for the benefit of the sacrament to her national religion - the belief that forces us all to pay for and conduct the killing of the unborn at her command.

1 Peter 2:13-17 says, “Be subject for the Lord's sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.” This verse points out our obligations during times such as these. We are to subject ourselves to governments that “punish those who do evil and praise those who do good.” Unfortunately, that government no longer exists. However, even with the lack of such a government, we must never turn from our obligation of “doing good” which should “put to silence the ignorance of foolish people.” This passage closes with a list of our obligations, of which honor the emperor is last, behind "Fear God." Therefore, we are called to realize persecution, and stand peacefully united in opposition to an unworthy government. We must oppose candidates that would expand the persecution of the Church. And, we must stand with and protect the persecuted. To do otherwise, is a form of spiritual “ignorance.” And, Christ, our model, never advocated ignorance of any brand, much less this one.

Christian, wake up and pray. While our redemption draws near, we must encourage brothers and sisters who are in need. We must never ignore the persecuted. Because God doesn’t.

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