(Acton PowerBlog) As business leaders are beginning to realize, [the Obama] administration … seeks to lure Christians away from their consciences and Biblical beliefs through threats of economic penalties and pain. If your religious beliefs contradict the coercive methods and materialistic aims of the administration, blood must be spilt on the altar of “access.”
The irony abounds. Keep in mind that this is a President who ran his campaign by ridiculing Mitt Romney as an Ebenezer Scrooge who clings to his coins without empathy for others and without any regard for ethics and morality (all despite Romney’s strong record of charitable giving). Then and now, this same President seeks to persecute good people like Hobby Lobby’s CEO through economic penalties in the millions of dollars, all for the abonimable sin of caring about and believing in something before and beyond the dollar. If the great secret of capitalism is its power to leverage and channel the human spirit toward more transcendent ends, the great irony of progressivism is its propensity to take on the image of its own materialistic critiques.
As we continue to see Christian business leaders refusing to bow at King Nebuchadnezzar’s Golden Image, choosing economic martyrdom over secularist conformity, the more this administration’s limited, debased, and deterministic view of man and society will reveal itself. Through it all, even as the furnace grows hotter and hotter, Christians should remember that a fourth man stands close by, offering protection and peace according to a different system altogether.