From Scott Hoezee
Much has been written and said about the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision last week. And here's some more! I doubt I will share anything particularly unique or novel but I write this out of a sense of some internal theological conflict.
After all and on the one hand, we Christians are called to witness to our identity in Christ and one way we do this is by not going along with every trend or whim of the wider society in which we find ourselves. Christians are supposed to be different. We are resident aliens, strangers in a world often hostile to our faith and even to our very Lord. Just because the law of the land might call on you to renounce your faith, you would not do so even upon the possible pain of death. If the laws of the land discriminate against a group of people (as happened in the era of Jim Crow in especially the American South), then religious people (on religious grounds) protest and resist. Martin Luther King, Jr., and company may have done so non-violently but the resistance--rooted in biblical and theological beliefs--was real and warranted nonetheless. It also involved the violation of the law. The law might be unjust and dumb (people of color could not sit at a Walgreen's lunch counter, for instance) but it was nonetheless the law such that sitting at the counter anyway was an arrestable offense. Yet those people were right to do so.