While many aspects of the Affordable Health Care Act do not take full effect until 2014 or later, one feature kicks in next Wednesday:  the requirement that employer-provided insurance coverage include abortions and other procedures and products considered sinful by many religious Americans.

Most people know that churches themselves and their subsidiary ministries are exempt; but secular businesses (and non-profit organizations) whose owners or directors are morally and spiritually opposed to providing contraceptives or abortions to their employees will have to choose between obeying their religious convictions and facing government penalties, or obeying the law and facing the displeasure of God.

Thomas Jefferson wrote, “No provision in our Constitution ought to be dearer to man than that which protects the rights of conscience against the enterprises of the civil authority.”

This issue was not addressed by the US Supreme Court in their recent ruling, and is certain to be the subject of lawsuits for years to come.  So what can we do in the meantime?

  • Pray that people of religious conviction will be true to their conscience, regardless of the consequence;
  • Pray that judges will issue the appropriate restraining orders to stop implementation of the law or assessing of penalties;
  • Pray, campaign, and vote intelligently for Congressmen and Senators who will dismantle this attack on people of faith.

Unfortunately, it won’t do any good to contact your current legislators at this time.  They will not take any action until after the election, and the deadlock between the houses virtually guarantees no favorable action in lame-duck session.  After the first of the year, it will all depend on how America votes in November.  Pray for wisdom and righteousness to prevail.

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