The Family Research Council’s weekly calls to prayer are typically quite absurd and last week’s edition fit the pattern perfectly. It started with a blatantly dishonest claim that Christian soldiers are being oppressed in the military (seriously), so you have to pray for this to change:
U.S. Military Hostility Toward Christian Servicemen – On Tuesday, Restore Military Religious Freedom, a coalition of Congressman, Christian and conservative leaders spearheaded by FRC, conducted a press conference on Capitol Hill to explain the problem and issue a challenge to deal with the well documented hostility against Christians in the Armed Forces. The press conference urged Americans to support the insertion of language introduced by Rep. John Fleming (R-La.), into the Defense Authorization bill. Recently, 170,000 Americans signed petitions calling on Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to step in to end the harassment of religious servicemen. But President Obama has registered his strong objection to the bill. In contradistinction to President Washington’s view, the current President ironically believes such protections would negatively impact good order and discipline in the military. Apparently, good order and discipline means a military that is lock step with the administration’s radical secular agenda, free of evangelical Christian voices and values (see Press Conference, Taking the Military at Faith Value, MilitaryFreedom.org, FRC Special Report).
May millions of American Christians embrace the call to pray and stand up for America’s fighting personnel and their religious liberty, given by God and guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. May the Fleming language remain on the final Defense Authorization bill and be signed by the President! (Josh 7:1; 22:20; 1 Chr 12:32-33; Num 32:23; Ps 60:10-12; 144:1 ff; Gal 5:13; Eph 6:10-20)
The idea that Christian soldiers are in need of protection from the oppressive secular agenda is utterly laughable.
Obamacare Rule Change – In yet another proof that the government is not competent to control 1/6th of the American economy or “reduce costs” for anything rivaling that of the free market, the President has announced that the “Employer Mandate” will be suspended until after the 2014 elections. The Affordable Care Act requires employers with over 50 employees to provide premium health insurance coverage to all employees who work over 30 hours per week. Economists have debunked any illusion of savings from the ACA, and project huge increases in health insurance costs for most Americans. But economists also project that the Employer Mandate will cause thousands of businesses to reduce workers’ hours, cut jobs, and not make new hires, rather than pay the high premiums required by the Mandate. Some political experts believe the administration, besides being unable to manage the mandate, have considered the negative consequences to the 2014 elections, as thousands of American voters will lose their jobs, victims of Obamacare. An effort is underway by Republicans to defer implementation of the “individual mandate” too, which will otherwise be enforced by the IRS and force younger and healthier Americans to buy expensive insurance to help fund Obamacare — or face huge fines (Obama Suspends the Law, Delayed Ratification).
Almighty God, please help Congress and the people to organize effectively to overturn Obamacare. May more and more Americans see that the cost of Obamacare is the end of religious liberty and the economic enslavement of American families! (Jdg 9:8-15; Pr 10:9-22; Jer 17:5; Dan 6:9-13; Eph 15:26; Mt 6:33).
Yes, health care reform is “economic enslavement of American families,” unlike being unable to buy insurance and having your lives ruined by a single catastrophic illness. That’s totally not “economic enslavement.”