"If my people, which are called by my name shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways: Then I will hear from Heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will HEAL THEIR LAND."
In 1774 the first act of the Continental Congress was to pause for a prayer that was based on the 35th Psalm, which begins with the phrase "Plead my cause O LORD, with them that strive with me: Fight against them that fight against me." Later in verse 20, "For they speak not peace: But they devise deceitful matters against them that are quiet in the land."
All 28 verses of this Psalm could apply to the current political and religious climate of America today.
In 1776, the same Continental Congress called for a national day of fasting and prayer with the Fast Day Proclamation of December 11. It stated, "Resolved, that it be recommended to all the united states, as soon as possible, to appoint a day of solemn fasting and humiliation; to implore of almighty God the forgiveness of the many sins prevailing among all ranks, and to beg the countenance and assistance of his providence in the prosecution of the present just and necessary war." The first Congress made it a habit of consulting God, the Christian God, for assistance.
The Declaration of Independence references God in one way or another four times. As "Natures God", the "Creator", the "Supreme Judge of the World", and finally as "Divine Providence". Today, the president of the United States quotes passages from this document while deleting any reference of God.
On April 30, 1789, during his first inaugural address, George Washington said "The propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself hath ordained."
This message was a prophecy which was fulfilled for America. Secular and religious leaders of today have disregarded God's rules and morals, and as a result, his hedge of protection has been cut down.
We are constantly reminded by our leaders that we have "inalienable rights" that are protected by civil government but lately it has become obvious that they believe we have no natural right in opposition to social "duties" that they require as citizens of the New Global World Order.
As a consequence, this minority of leftists have decided that our right to religious conscience should give way to the social "duties" of abortion, sterilization, contraception, and other population control and eugenics measures. The HHS Mandate will codify these "duties" now and in the future.
James Madison, in his Memorial and Remonstrance (1785) said "Before any man can be considered as a member of civil society, he must be considered as a subject of the Governor of the Universe", and that no man's rights in the matters of religion should be abridged by the institution of civil society. Rulers who are guilty of such an encroachment, exceed the commission from which they derive their authority and are tyrants. "The people who submit to it are governed by laws made neither by themselves nor by an authority derived from them, and are slaves."
The HHS mandate is really just another ploy reared up by Satan and his minions in order to marginalize Christian influence on our society. The ultimate goal is to destroy the church which can be done through the destruction of Christian morals & dogma, elimination of the family unit, redefinition of marriage and the complete removal of God's word as a guiding light to society.
They seem to have gained a lot so far but it is only because the church has become complacent and compromising. Church leadership as a whole is full of false teachers, globalist change agents, and quite honestly, cowards that won't stand firm for the Word of God.
The entire spectrum of the HHS mandate is a basic issue of sanctity of life dressed up as "women's reproductive rights and health". The sanctity of life is a transcendental concept that only truly means something to those who know and obey God.
The continual removal of God from every facet of public life has made our society susceptible to the slick lie that government should be able to decide what a "quality life" should be, in effect making them not just "godlike", but actually god. The result is that they decide what measures need to be taken to assure that their definition of a "quality life" is accepted and demanded.
Unfortunately, by their standards, a poor quality life is defined as poor heredity, accidental pregnancy, being uneducated, being elderly, being crippled, and being mentally or physically handicapped. All of these conditions require elimination through drastic measures like sterilization, abortion, and euthanasia in order for these unregenerate elitists to gain their New World Order, low population, perfect race utopia.
The solutions for these "poor quality" lifestyles are provided to us by our government through non-legislative acts like the HHS Mandate that guarantees the free availability of sterilization services, abortion services, and contraceptive products. Next we'll be forced to provide free euthanasia services, free genetic manipulation, free sex change operations, etc...
As law abiding citizens, the Christian community does not deny equal freedom to those who believe differently than us in regards to God, but when we stand up for our freedom to embrace, profess, and observe the laws of God, the rest of society tries their best to deny us those rights. We are constantly being accused of trying to "legislate our morality" for other people.
The facts appear to be contrary however; Our government is trying to use unconstitutional "mandates", issued by irrelevant government appointees (not duly elected representatives) that result in the legislation of its immorality on us.
In the meantime, Christians who try to stop this unconstitutional encroachment upon our religious freedom are mocked and persecuted. We are labeled as "haters" and "exclusivists". Christ was accurate when he mentioned that we would be hated for his names sake and for our attempt to live by his law.
Like I mentioned earlier, this is a basic issue of the sanctity of life. To destroy a human life, in the womb or out is the denial of life and mercy, and is the antithesis of God and love. This is something that we as believers cannot allow the government to legislate upon us, period!
The embracing of abortion, sterilization, eugenics, contraception, etc... helps to create a cultural environment that is ripe for genocide, which is made possible whenever a society can be misled into defining individuals as less than human and not deserving of value and respect.
Imagine if you will, a virgin fourteen year old girl insisting that her pregnancy was the responsibility of the Holy Spirit, and that a holy vision from an angel told her that the baby in her womb was the long awaited messiah, the savior of the world.
Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, HHS, and the current Executive Branch would have a hey day with that one. Applying their definition of a "quality life", our savior and his earthly mother would be perfect candidates for their "mandate".
It is ironic and sad that the same child would eventually have to die an unmerciful death without dignity on a cross at Calvary in order to save us all from our own merciless, selfish, evil ways. Something that none of us should ever forget.
In closing, I would like to take you back to 2 Chronicles 17:4 referenced at the beginning of this post.
Jesus Christ is standing OUTSIDE this Laodicean church knocking on the door, wanting to come back in and if we let him back in --------He will heal our land.