“After this Jehoshaphat king of Judah allied himself with Ahaziah king of Israel, who acted very wickedly. And he allied himself with him to make ships to go to Tarshish, and they made the ships in Ezion Geber. But Eliezer the son of Dodavah of Mareshah prophesied against Jehoshaphat, saying, “Because you have allied yourself with Ahaziah, the Lord has destroyed your works.” Then the ships were wrecked, so that they were not able to go to Tarshish.” – 2 Chronicles 20:35-37
Jehoshaphat was a king of Judah (while Israel was divided) who feared God and taught his people to walk uprightly. In return, he won several wars and Israel prospered. Twice, though, he allied with evil kings of the northern Israelite kingdom, and God warned him of the consequences of participating in an initiative with an evildoer, though He spared Jehoshaphat’s life.
Some investments of time and effort, though innocuous or even beneficial on their own, can become an estrangement with God if you are working with a partner who has an evil motive for the work. The partnership could lead you astray directly, or produce a result that will be commandeered by the evil partner, or you might legitimize an initiative that should be shunned and left to die of its own accord.
In all things, it’s not the “rightness” of the activity that we should be focused on, but the “rightness” of the way we conduct the activity that we should carefully observe and bring to God in prayer. There is no formula for decision-making except to follow the voice of God.
Speaking of participating in an evil partnership, millions of Americans just made a decision whether or not to voluntarily pay a tax penalty for not having health insurance. The money will be put into general funds to pay for health insurance plans that promote evil directly, cover many treatments that actively harm health (and won’t pay for ones that heal), and does everything in a way to cause maximum harm to the population rather than the simple fix of simply creating individual health savings accounts people could privately build tax-free to purchase the healthcare they want.
Here are some cursory reasons to not pay the Obamacare tax penalty:
- The money will be used to fund abortions and contraception, killing living people.
- The anti-conscience mandate forces family businesses to provide health insurance plans that cover abortion-inducing drugs and devices, contraception, and sterilization, and forces medical professionals from research to bedside service to prescribe treatments to which they morally object (violating first amendment).
- The bill rewards illegal activity by giving illegal immigrants most of the benefits of the healthcare system while exempting them by name from having to pay the individual mandate.
- Specific individuals, businesses, the Obama family, and all members of Congress are exempted from the provisions of the law, treating citizens as unequal members of our society.
- The PPACA law was passed by Congress by means of questionable legality and did not have the approval or representation of the majority of people.
- The Supreme Court agreed that the bill violates the Constitution by requiring citizens to purchase a product on the basis of being a citizen (the bill was narrowly allowed to stand by being specifically defined as only a tax and having nothing to do with the health insurance industry, where the federal government has no jurisdiction, even though it was specifically presented to the people and Congress as not being a tax).
Finally, that there is a highly spiritual and participatory link when you invest your money in a project. Money represents work, talent, opportunity, time – in short, it represents life. An investment of your money directly into this mandate is an investment of your life with it. When this evil project falls (whether in your lifetime or not), your home will be damaged along with it if you have a financial link.
Under current law, the IRS is explcitly not allowed to collect the individual mandate penalty (though I expect that to change within the next 5 years, and perhaps have retroactive effect). For your information, here’s a link referencing the parts of the PPACA law that define the IRS’s ability to collect the individual mandate tax penalty.