When was the last time you read the 10 commandments?
Exodus 20:1-17 And God spoke all these words, saying, 2″I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.3 “You shall have no other gods before me.4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 5 You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.7 “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.8 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. 11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.12 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.13 You shall not murder.14 “You shall not commit adultery.15 “You shall not steal.16 “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.”
When you read them, you see that man’s law for the most part follows God’s law. But what happens when man’s law goes against God’s law? Who do you choose to follow then?
During the time of Israel’s captivity in Egypt, Pharaoh commanded the Hebrew midwives Shiphra and Puah to kill any male child born that they helped deliver.
Exodus 1:15-20 Then the king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, one of whom was named Shiphrah and the other Puah, 16 “When you serve as midwife to the Hebrew women and see them on the birthstool, if it is a son, you shall kill him, but if it is a daughter, she shall live.” 17 But the midwives feared God and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but let the male children live. 18 So the king of Egypt called the midwives and said to them, “Why have you done this, and let the male children live?” 19 The midwives said to Pharaoh, “Because the Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women, for they are vigorous and give birth before the midwife comes to them.” 20 So God dealt well with the midwives.
The midwives chose to follow God’s law instead of man’s law. They knew that killing the babies was wrong. Knowing that they could be put to death because they went against Pharaoh’s command, they still chose to follow God. Because of this, God blessed them.
Today I think we are dealing with something similar. Man’s law has gone too far and has gone against God’s law. I believe the Affordable Care Act has crossed the line. The ACA is dictating that religious organizations and companies that are Christian owned and operated provide abortifacient drugs to women. At this time there are two major cases in the court system, Little Sisters of the Poor in Colorado and Hobby Lobby, that are fighting this law.
Until their case can be heard by the United States Supreme Court, Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor has granted a temporary stay to the Sisters of the Poor blocking the contraception mandate. The CEO and founder of Hobby Lobby, David Green, stated on September 12, 2012 in a USA Today op-ed “We’re Christians and we run our business on Christian principles. I’ve always said that the first two goals of our business are 1) to run our business in harmony with God’s laws and 2) to focus on people more than money.” On the same day of this op-ed, Hobby Lobby filed a lawsuit represented by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, asking “a federal court to stop this mandate before it hurts our business.” Hobby Lobby could face $1.3 million per day in government fines if they do not comply with the Affordable Care Act.
So what happens if both Sisters of the Poor and Hobby Lobby should loose? The ramifications are great for all religious organizations and Christian owned and operated companies. If an unfavorible ruling comes down from the courts, this could be the beginning of the end of our religious freedoms as we know them.
So again, I ask, who do you choose to follow, God or man?