WWJD? Is He Lord of All, or Not?
- By David Cortman
- Posted Jul 25, 2012
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We are often told by folks on the left, or by the government itself (particularly the current administration), that we should leave God in church or at home. How many times have you heard the tiresome phrase, the so-called “separation of church and state,” that is often used to tell you to keep your religion out of your politics, your workplace, or any other part of your public life?
But what do we believe? Should we keep our faith to ourselves and to those who attend our church? WWJD? That may be cliché, but did He compartmentalize the Gospel into certain areas of His life? No, He boldly proclaimed the Good News everywhere He went. And He told us to do the same.
Does the Bible teach us that He is Lord over only certain parts of our lives? Maybe the church part or the home part, but not the how-we-make-a-living part. Or does the Bible say “in all that you do,” do unto the Lord?
Let’s look at a modern day example of this. The Newlands own and operate a family HVAC equipment business where they strive to incorporate their Christian beliefs in all that they do. They are extremely generous, they give back to the community, and they take care of their family and friends. They also do their best to operate their family business the same way that they operate the rest of their lives—according to the Bible.
They are Catholic and, as such, have religious objections to abortion, contraception, and sterilization. They do not condone, support or otherwise further these practices that they believe to be intrinsically wrong. They provide their employees with insurance but do not provide or pay for any of these “preventative services” (the government’s politically correct label) or associated counseling.
So here is where the rubber meets the road. This administration’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) enacted a mandate that requires the Newland family (along with other employers in the country) to provide abortion-inducing drugs, contraceptives and abortion-related services at no cost to their employees. If they choose not to do so, the can be fined up to $100 per day per employees (with 265 employees, that is a fine of nearly $800,000 per month or about $10 million per year).
Simply put, the Newlands are being forced to choose between their faith and their livelihood. At what cost do we give up our First Liberty? What do we do when faced with such a dilemma? Do we rationalize? Well, we may say, that is a lot of money and the Lord wouldn’t expect me to surrender my livelihood to Him. Or would He? Are we taking up our cross? Or do we only do so as long as it is not too heavy?
Either He is Lord of all or He is not. There is nothing else. The Newland family understands that all of their materials blessings come from Him to begin with. They have chosen to take a stand against this politically charged coercion to violate their most precious beliefs. They are in court as we speak defending their right—and your right—to live as you believe. To make Him Lord of All. WWYD—What Would You Do?
Author: David Cortman