Your Rights for Religious Exemptions
The freedom to personal and private religious exemptions is not only a constitutional hallmark of American liberty, but also, a biblical hallmark of Christian liberty. Yet, believers are having their God-given liberty of choice increasingly challenged in their places of employment. For instance, businesses may require their religious employees to sign “religious attestation forms” to promise to never use certain products that supposedly are connected with aborted-fetal cells. If the employee seeking a religious exemption says “no” to signing, they are called out as a hypocrite and denied employment. This process is praised as “weeding out” the “vaccine hesitant.” Perhaps the reader can spot many errors with all of this.
If confronted with your rights for religious exemptions, please keep in mind what God’s Word says on the matter.
- 1. Romans 14:12 “So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.”
- Your religious objections are whatever your religious beliefs are. You do not need to get approval from mankind; only from God. Romans 14 is a chapter that emphasizes the believer’s right to personal belief as well as condemning those who wrongly judge or coerce those they disagree with.
- Romans 14:10 “But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.”
- Each “one of us” shall individually “give account of himself (singular and personal) to God.”
- 2. James 4:11 “He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge.
- 12 There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?”
- No one, except God, is allowed to “judge” if your beliefs pass the test or meet requirements. When someone asserts their religious exemption, that should be it. Employers might press the issue, but continued attempts to attack or judge one’s belief system invariably and inevitably constitute discrimination against the employee. We humans may “pride” ourselves in “judging” others true intentions, but honestly, no one but God can truly see your heart (I Sam. 16:7; Jer. 17:10) and determine whether your beliefs are sincere, hesitant, or hypocritical. Your beliefs are personal, and they are private. You don’t even have to voice them or say anything other than “my deeply held religious beliefs prohibit me from taking this vaccine.”
- In addition, it is illegal and unethical for any other person, especially your employer, to ‘define’ your religion. In other words, they cannot hear a portion of your religious beliefs (I.E. covid shot) and then decide for you how you ‘ought’ to believe and behave in a separate set of circumstances (other medications). That violates established case law.
- 3. Joshua 24:15 “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”
- Choice is a gift from God since the day man was first created in the Garden of Eden (Gen. 2:16-17). Satan, though, is the opposite of God. The devil hates choice and forces it to be removed. Always remember, though, that Satan can never fully remove choice. The devil doesn’t have the power to undo what God ordained. Choice always exists. It just may seem extremely difficult to make the right choice with surrounding circumstances. With this in mind, no one can force you to “take the jab” or any other medical procedure. They may make you pay, but they cannot make you choose.
- 4. Daniel 1:8 “But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.”
- Young Daniel determined (“purposed”) that, no matter what, he would not transgress his religious beliefs and “defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat….” To uphold his religious beliefs, Daniel asked for a religious exemption. Daniel “requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.”
- Apparently, according to Scripture, you are well within your God-given rights to request religious exemptions. But since Daniel was a captive/slave in Babylon, what would he do if his religious exemption was denied? Daniel chapter 6 shows us what Daniel did do, and what any God-fearing believer should do when your religious views are rejected.
- Daniel 6:10 “Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.”
- Daniel did not change a thing about his religious views and practices. His “religious exemption” was rejected, yet, Daniel continued doing what was right, even though it meant death. God’s revelations are clear: Child of God, do not relinquish your religious rights in order to keep your job and income. If it was right before the wicked laws removing freedoms were passed, it is still right though all of mankind decree it a crime worthy of death. Never back down from carrying your cross. (Mt. 16:24, Mk.8:34, Lk. 9:23) Never look back from plowing your field. (Lk. 9:62) Stand for the freedoms God has freely given to all of His own (Gal.5:1), and if necessary, fight the good fight of faith (I Tim. 6:12)!