Doug Wilson comments about Hobby Lobby’s confrontation with the federal government over Obamacare’s abortion mandate. As many of you know, Hobby Lobby’s refusal to comply will cost them over $1 million dollars per day in federal fines, beginning yesterday. Wilson writes:
Three things should be said about this showdown. First, high praise to the Greens who have refused to comply. Second, they should refuse to pay the fines, regardless of what happens in court. And third, about a hundred thousand people need to surround their house, facing out, if the ghouls from the government say they are going to do something about it. One comment made online (HT: Mark Tapson) is, I believe, an accurate statement of where we are right now. “Right now the resistance is a saturated solution, waiting to crystallize around an incident.” I do not know if this will be it, but I hope and pray that it is something very much like it.
I agree with Wilson about high praise for the Green’s. They really are doing the right thing. Moreover, they are putting their necks on the line for the rest of us. I hope that fact is not lost on anyone who cares about religious liberty. They are assuming all the risk right now and stand to lose a lot. But if they win, we will all reap the benefit.
I don’t know that the government would attempt to enforce these fines before all the legal challenges are complete. But if it does, it seems that the right thing to do would be for Hobby Lobby to pay the fines. Refusing to comply with the mandate is civil disobedience that is sanctioned by texts like Acts 5:29. Paying the fines would be akin to the taxes that the Bible commands us to pay in texts like Romans 13:7. Perhaps others would see the matter differently. I’m opened to be convinced otherwise from scripture.
In any case, I’m with Wilson in the spirit of his remarks. I want to stand with the Greens in the battle that they are waging. My hope and prayer is that they will prevail in the end.