Well, it has certainly hit the fan.
No, I don’t think Hobby Lobby really hates women, but I have seen people on social media say that.
Within a day, the nation has drawn up lines and split in two (yet again) over the recent Hobby Lobby case before the Supreme Court.
One jokester even put it like this:
Conservative Xians: HOORAY, Hobby Lobby. HOORAY, Jesus!
Liberal Xians: #%!#@ Hobby Lobby. The world is doomed.
It certainly does seem to be how Christians are taking sides. Personally, I just don’t see the left’s side.
— Chris Linzey (@chrislinzey) July 1, 2014
Some points to consider:
1. Hobby Lobby is not denying women access to contraceptives, they ask not to be forced to pay for particular contraceptives (and they do cover others).
2. If women want a particular product they are still allowed to go get it on their own.
A friend recently railed against employers dictating medical decisions to women.
Some workplaces cover things like medical, dental, auto, etc. Other workplaces cover nothing. But we have the freedom to go find what we want if we’re willing to pay the price. No freedom is being restricted. No one is being told, “YOU CAN’T DO THAT!” There is not loss of liberty or freedom.
No religious belief is being imposed on anyone. People are still free to believe and act how they want. Being required to pay for your own decisions is not the same thing as having a religious belief imposed on you.
Coming from a biblical perspective, I’ve seen people say, “The Bible calls us to respect and submit to authority. Shouldn’t we just accept the healthcare law without saying anything about it?”
When the Apostle Paul wrote about submitting to authority he was writing to people who lived in a time and place who had only two options: submit or rebel. You couldn’t lawfully change the emperor’s mind. So Paul instructed Christians that rebellion is not the way of Jesus. But we don’t live in that kind of society. In a democratic republic we have the option of participating in forming laws and petitioning to change laws that shouldn’t exist.
Christians can work within the system to make (from our perspective) a positive change in society. There is nothing biblically wrong with that.
“But, Chris, isn’t that forcing our opinions on others?!”
All laws force opinions on others. The question is: who will have the winning opinion?
At the end of the day, I’d rather have laws that reflect a Christian worldview than laws that reflect an Atheist worldview.
The day will come (indeed, it is already fast approaching) when the Christian worldview is completely overturned. When that happens, and we no longer have legal recourse, then Paul’s admonitions once again apply: submit rather than rebel. Rebelliousness is not a quality of Christ.
Until then, there is nothing wrong with Christians using the legal system to protect our beliefs and values.Follow @chrislinzey
I know this is a hot topic for many people. I welcome all comments as long as you keep it civil and respectful. 🙂
– Hobby Lobby and Taking a Stand for Faith