This article was reposted from our sister site, Christianity-In-Vogue (http://christianityinvogue.wordpress.com/) which is usually used for primarily for religious topics or topics related to Canon Law but recent events in Washington and the systematic elimination of God in this country necessitate some frank discussion on both sites.
I realize that a lot of Catholics and Christians tip a bit to the liberal side socially but it may be time for you to re-assess your loyalties. Events are transpiring in this country where you may have to decide between your faith and your politics. When I see practicing Catholics and Christians with bumper stickers supporting abortion rights political candidates, Republican or Democrat, I cringe and have to say a quick prayer for the occupants of the car and the lives that will be lost.
But, now, the pro-choice position is actually threatening the existence of Catholic
and other Christian service organizations throughout the US.
Loss of Human trafficking Grant from the State:
A good harbinger of what we will be facing as a Catholic community in the near future is the recent loss in State funding to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Migration and Refugee Services by the US Government. Since 2006, the USCCB has received $15M dollars to help offset the cost to support the unfortunate human beings caught up in the recent explosion of human trafficking. Many of this are children who end up in forced prostitution or worse. At the core of the loss, is the USCCB refusal to provide abortions or contraception as part of its human trafficking program. The Department Of Health and Human Services (HHS) sided with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). HHS and the ACLU claim that victims need access to a “full range of family services” that include abortion and contraception. It is bad enough that we have killed over 3 million innocent victims, now they want Christians to participate in the slaughter. Sorry but this is not a nice topic.
Sister Mary Ann Walsh, the spokesperson for the USCCB stated that, “There seems to be a new unwritten reg at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). It’s the ‘ABC Rule’: anybody but Catholics,”
Obamacare, Abortion and Contraception:
At the core of the issue is whether the State, our government, can force or coerce a faith base institution such as the Catholic Church to perform abortions or pass out contraceptives if that practice is against the institution’s beliefs. Prior to today, the State has tried to tiptoe around the issue and has exempted Church’s from adopting to Gay Parents, performing Abortions, or passing out contraceptives. Now however, under Obamacare, the Catholic Church and other Christian Churches will be faced with the choice of going against their own beliefs or losing State reimbursement for healthcare services under Obamacare, Medicare, or Medicaid. The Secretary of HHS, Kathleen Sibelius has stated that their will be no exceptions made to service providers regardless of their affiliation.
The Catholic Church provides about 13% of the total US hospital and clinic services. This is a significant percentage especially when coupled with other Christian facilities where the total service level approaches 40%. The question is whether the State or the Church will win in the long run. The abortion prohibitions in Obamacare have been circumvented by HHS and in 2014 the Christian Community will be faced with the harsh choice of getting out of healthcare or accepting abortions and contraception as an ethical practice.
The End Game-Life or Death:
What is the end game and where does Christianity fit in? How about Euthanasia? Is that next? Will the State ultimately seek to revoke the Church’s tax exemption status in order to force it into submission? It is time for the Christian Community, not just the Bishops, Priests, and Preachers, to draw a line in the sand when it comes to the sanctity of life. Christ did not say that killing some infants or old people was OK if maintaining their life was inconvenient. Quite the contrary. It is time for all Christians, and especially Catholics, to take the lead and stand firmly in the side of life. Revelations 3:16 states: “So then because you are lukewarm, neither hot or cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.”
We have a choice; when we stand in judgement, which is promised, will we be spat out of the mouth of our creator into eternal damnation or will we be judged as righteous and deserving for standing on the side of Life. It is our choice but time is running out.