Christians in the workplace are facing persecution.
Consider these terrible examples:
- Brendan Eich, the CEO of Mozilla-Firefox, was forced to resign after the press revealed his support for natural marriage and California Proposition 8.
- Atlanta, Georgia Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran was fired for his teachings on gender and sexuality during his off-hours.
For business owners, too, Christians are under pressure to compromise their convictions, or go out of business.
Consider these examples:
- Barronelle Stutzman, a florist in Richland, Washington, was sued by a gay couple for refusing to prepare the flower arrangements for their wedding. She lost her business and her 401(k) because of this legal action. Her case has just gone before the State Supreme Court.
- Sweet Cakes By Melissa, a bakery owned by a Christian couple Aaron and Melissa Klein of Gresham, Oregon, has closed following a $135,000 fine for their refused to bake a wedding cake for a gay wedding.
Now, a third-generation pharmacy owner, Kevin Stormans of Washington State, faces a painful decision:
- Follow a new government mandate requiring him to stock the “morning-after pill”, which kills a child in the womb (and violate his Christian, pro-life views)
- Lose his business because of non-compliance with state regulations.
Instead of submitting or resigning, Stormans has the state in federal court.
This fight is expanding into other areas of medicine.
Nurses are suing their hospitals to avoid participating in elective and partial-birth abortions.
These legal battles are all about protecting the freedom of conscience of all Americans.
And what is conscience?
It’s more than the knowledge of right and wrong. It’s the moral imperative to do what is right.
It’s to do what is right because we are accountable to God, not man or government.
It’s to do what is right even in the face of pressure or persecution.
It’s to do what is right, even when no one is looking—or everyone is.
“Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law. They show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts sometimes accusing them and at other times even defending them.” (Romans 2:14-15)
If we force someone to do something which “violates their conscience”, we are in essence forcing them to do something that is wrong.
This is not freedom. This is coercion.
Now, the government is forcing men and women of faith who reject gay marriage, abortion, or other cultural views to be “re-educated”, forcing people to change their views on these contentious, heart-felt issues.
Instead of creating special rights for behaviors, the government should be protecting the rights of every citizen to live in accordance with his or her religious beliefs.
Freedom of conscience is essential to a free society, and no one should be forced to participate in certain activities which their conscience finds abhorrent, wrong, or evil.
That is the difference between a free society and a socialist, top-down government system.
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