CNN is reporting that “Arizona’s Legislature has passed a controversial bill that would allow business owners, as long as they assert their religious beliefs, to deny service to gay and lesbian customers.” If Gov. Jan Brewer signs it, the courts will rule it unconstitutional.
This all started when states passed anti-discrimination laws protecting people who engaged in same-sex relationships. This put some businesses in a bind. Once same-sex marriages were legalized, homosexuals wanted bakers, photographers, and flower shops to service their weddings.
Gov. Brewer is on track with this comment:
“I think anybody that owns a business can choose who they work with or who they don’t work with,” Brewer told CNN in Washington on Friday. “But I don’t know that it needs to be statutory. In my life and in my businesses, if I don’t want to do business or if I don’t want to deal with a particular company or person or whatever, I’m not interested. That’s America. That’s freedom.”
Any business that refused to service same-sex weddings were hit with an anti-discrimination lawsuit. Fines were levied. At least one bakery was driven out of business. The government created the problem by redefining marriage and by passing laws that say businesses can’t discriminate based on the actions and views of other people.
In 2013, a same-sex “couple” in England has “launched a legal challenge to the right of churches to opt out of gay weddings.” No minister, priest, or civil official has ever just married anybody. There are many ministers that will not marry a couple if both of them aren’t Christians. Many ministers won’t marry people if he does not believe the couple is ready to be married.
There are churches that will not allow certain types of music at weddings. Some churches will not allow alcohol or dancing at the reception if it’s held at the church.
The courts have created this problem, and they’re not going to fix it with more laws. They’re going to make it worse.
Does anyone think that a Jewish baker should be forced to make a cake for a group that wants to celebrate the birthday of Adolf Hitler? Should a black photographer be forced to photograph a KKK-themed wedding?
Was it wrong for a supermarket in New Jersey to refuse to write the name of a couple’s 3-year-old son in frosting on a birthday cake? The child’s name is Adolf Hitler Campbell.
Of course, liberals want to attack Christians, so they’re calling on the Bible for help.
Liberals love the Bible except when they hate the Bible. Their favorite verse is Matthew 7:1: “Do not judge so that you will not be judged.” Their least favorite verse is Matthew 7:2: “For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you.”
Consistency in judgment is the biblical ideal. In John 7:24, Jesus said, “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.” So what’s the right judgment on this issue?
The new pro-homosexual narrative is “What would Jesus do about homosexual marriage?”
For example, Erick Erickson at RedState.com writes, “Yes, Jesus Would Bake a Cake for a Gay Person.” Like the majority of Christians, I agree with Erick that Jesus would bake a cake for a homosexual and anybody else. As he notes, however, the issue isn’t about just baking cakes and photography:
“The disagreement comes on one issue only — should a Christian provide goods and services to a gay wedding. That’s it. We’re not talking about serving a meal at a restaurant. We’re not talking about baking a cake for a birthday party. We’re talking about a wedding, which millions of Christians view as a sacrament of the faith and other, mostly Protestant Christians, view as a relationship ordained by God to reflect a holy relationship.”
Jesus defined marriage, following the creation account in Genesis 2:24 in exacting detail: “And He answered and said [to the Pharisees questioning Him], ‘Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE, and said, ‘FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND BE JOINED TO HIS WIFE, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH’? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.’” (Matt. 19:4-6).
Jesus would no more bake a cake for a same-sex wedding than He would bake a cake for a Roman centurion who wanted it to read “Caesar is God.”
Jesus would sit down with those who admit that they engage in same-sex sex, an act condemned by God in several places, and deal with them the same way he dealt with the Samaritan woman who was engaged in illicit sexual encounters (John 4:7-45, especially vv. 15-17) and the woman caught in the very act of adultery (John 8:1-11).
What did Jesus say to the adulterous woman?: “From now on sin no more” (8:11).
Neither the Bible nor Jesus can be called on to support homosexuals who want to marry.