Disobey the mandate

Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Kevin McCullough - Guest Columnist

Kevin McCulloughIt's time for people of genuine faith to run the risk of consequence in order to demonstrate faithfulness to God and His principles.

If someone had told me in 2009 that President Obama would get close to ten million fewer votes in 2012, I'd have both laughed out loud and simultaneously thought to myself, "We'll take that."

Of course now, I can't explain why I would've been so happy.

Nonetheless the President's underwhelming yet historic win, by a quite slim margin of victory, has caused the word "mandate" to cross the lips of left-leaning opinion makers once again, showing the true delusion of those who back Team Obama.

One of the specific areas that such a "mandate" is demanding adherence to across the nation is found in the discussion of an actual legal mandate listed in the ObamaCare legislation. ( See related story)

The requirement of the Health and Human Services mandate to force employers to provide insurance coverage for birth control and abortions -- without question -- violates the conscience and deeply held beliefs of committed Christians and pro-life voters. The administration, assuming they have a "mandate," believe now is the time to enforce THE mandate.

Never mind that the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops felt so assaulted by the requirement that they hauled the Obama administration into court. Never mind that dozens of additional faith-based institutions have joined the cause. Never mind that President Obama's most loyal base - African-American church goers -- violently disagree with the plank, the administration presses ahead.

There is little violence that compares to the violence of forcing an individual to take actions against his own soul.

Yet the reality of this violence, this torture, this pain, is something that the administration seems immune to understanding.

To be clear, forcing a person who has honest pro-life convictions to supply the means, money, or mechanism to have a child aborted is the equivalent of forcing a Jewish prisoner of war in World War II to place the bodies of fellow Jews into the incinerators at Auschwitz.

There is no difference.

This striking, hardened, indifference by the President and his staff tells us a great deal about the character, temperament, and values of our newly re-elected first-servant.

Since the courts will now not overturn the ObamaCare legislation, since the elected class sneers at the idea of doing away with the mandate, and since there are no other paths to legal change for this matter, it becomes clear the only path left is defiance.

The government has no more right to force a person of deep religious conviction to provide the means of death to innocent children, than do they to come into one's bedroom and rape one's wife. The difference being that rape is a lesser crime than extermination.

In the principled argument of obeying the human law of established government, God is clear that we should obey the human government. The exception to this biblical principle stems from a conflict between the law of man and the law of God.

For those who believe their relationship with God is of moral priority, to violate His law is to commit multiple transgressions against the author of their soul. It is to commit blasphemy and rebellion against the one they are pledged to obey.

Thusly, like Dietrich Bonhoeffer defied the tyranny of the National Socialists of his time, it is time for people of genuine faith to run the risk of consequence in order to demonstrate faithfulness.

Demonstrate such faithfulness to God and His principles...

Demonstrate such faithfulness on behalf of the innocent victims who would be exterminated otherwise...

The consequence of such defiance is not yet understood. If successful it might create such a constitutional crisis that the court might be forced to reexamine what it has done to force violence upon the human soul. At worst, those who do defy might begin to be jailed -- as they are in Canada and other nations where governments have limited religious freedoms and are seeking to choke people of faith with a society of pagan secularism which is in itself a propagated religious belief system.

There is a time of great purity that awaits people of faith in the days, weeks, and next four years to come.

An Eric Holder-led Justice Department -- actively seeking to subvert justice, implement a political agenda, and give almost no thought to accountability for its own actions -- may be quite eager to engage, pursue, and prosecute those who they deem political opponents. A Janet Napolitano-led Department of Homeland Security may work hand in hand with Holder to track those she has already labeled as dangerous -- all the while ignoring genuine national security threats. And a Barack Obama-appointed and -remade Supreme Court may throw out the actual rule of actual law, and for the foreseeable future checks and balances may be lifted all together.

Bonhoeffer can almost be heard warning us from the grave.

Yet by his example, we must be faithful, regardless of the consequence that awaits.

So ... disobey the mandate, and defy this law.

For when it becomes necessary to follow one's conscience -- especially to save the lives of those who are most vulnerable -- citizens and institutions have a requirement to violate that law.

And when any law violates human dignity, and by extension God's greater moral code,"We the People" have the responsibility and moral authority to disobey it.

Kevin McCullough (kmcradio@gmail.com) is the nationally syndicated host of "The Kevin McCullough Show" weekdays and "Baldwin/McCullough Radio" Saturdays (9-11 p.m. EST) on more than 600 radio stations. His newest best-selling hardcover from Thomas Nelson Publishers -- "No He Can't: How Barack Obama is Dismantling Hope and Change" -- is in stores now.

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