The Supreme Court on a 7-2 ruling found that a Christian baker had the religious right to not bake a wedding cake for a gay couple.
I could dissect this issue to death–uh, that would be vivisection, though, yes?–but since everyone else is doing that, I’ll just give you a brief synopsis of my brain waves.
In a nutshell, I believe…
1. The Baker has a right to bake or not to bake based on his “religious beliefs.” He can do as he wishes based on his own interpretation of his religion and his religious views. Would we ask an orthodox Jew caterer to serve pork if he or she felt it wrong to handle? That said, I believe he will soon go out of business by not doing business. If I knew a company had refused to help my gay friends, I would quickly find another company. That’s the wonderful thing about capitalism: it drives the will of the people. Something government cannot do. Government cannot legislate thought. I believe that most people are decent and good, and really don’t care if you’re gay or not. Just be a person first not an in-your-face sexual orientation. I love you and your married partner, just let’s have other topics of conversation, please? Plus, I know you. You come to my house, you share my food, my wine, you support me and my husband and care about our kids. You’re great people and I love you! If you tell me the Baker refused you service, I would respect that baker’s right, but I would find another baker.
2. The Gay Couple needs to find another baker and not make this a political stance. The courts are no place to change hearts. A piece of legislation is not going to bring instant support. Reach out to your neighbors. Socialize with straight people. Build bridges. And, of course, find another baker, then laud him or her. Make the biggest, fattest, sexiest deal about them baking your cake! Drive business to them! As for the Baker, voice your disdain on Yelp!, but keep it in a professional manner for bigger impact. It will get you better results. Trust me, as a former brick and mortar business owner, I know firsthand the singular effectiveness of bad Yelp! reviews. And, don’t forget the good Yelp! review for your chosen bakery. They’ll appreciate it, I assure you!
I think it is wrong for Christians to choose gayness as some sort of religious stance against sin, as some Christians do. I believe that being selective in “sin admonition” isn’t a godly trait.
Had the Baker also vetted each couple considering a wedding cake to find out if they’d had premarital sex? If they were currently married to other people? If they were drug addicts or drunks? Had committed murder? Had children out of wedlock? Or, if they were currently engaged in a plethora of other sins?
The Baker was wrong to make one sin MORE significant than any other.
We can’t selectively choose a Bible verse to make our pet point; we must take the Bible in total and comprehend the cultural references and use of language. Remember, the Bible wasn’t written in English, so we must go to the languages of the Bible (Greek/Aramaic/Hebrew) to glean proper understanding. For instance, some believe that Leviticus 19:28 teaches that we shouldn’t get tattoos. Tell that to my pastor and half the staff who are covered in tattoos at MY church! Oh, and I have one, too.
Our goal as Christians is to love one another. Let God work on each person individually. Priscilla Shirer (War Room, The Armor of God) has taught me that what is right for one, may not be right for another. Everything is permissible but not everything is beneficial (1Cor 10:23). Priscilla tells of when the Holy Spirit told her not to drink. Now, she doesn’t condone abstinence from alcohol for everyone. Anyone can drink. But, FOR HER it was not right. God guides us in the way we should go. (Psalm 32:8).
Our job is not to worry about other people’s sin, but to worry about our own. First remove the plank from your own eye, then take the speck out of your brother’s, so that you won’t be a hypocrite (Matthew 7:5).