Son, I am still trying to understand this whole religious freedom controversy here in the U.S.A. We have the bakers who refuse to bake a cake for a gay couple. We also have the flower lady who refuses to provide flowers for a gay wedding. There are many more examples like these.
I have a few questions first before I get into this:
What if the gay couple were Christians? Does that matter?
Do these business owners ask what a person’s religion is before they offer their services?
What about Atheists? Do they get the cake and flowers?
Divorced people who are seeking to get re-married, are they ok?
What about the customer who just moments before entering the flower shop lied to their boss about being sick and needing to miss work?
What about the straight couple who wants to get married, but already had pre-marital sex? Do they get their cake and eat it too?
If faith tells you to not serve homosexual couples, does your faith also tell you not to serve ANYONE who believes in God and the Bible but lives a life contrary to their teachings?
I keep trying to think of what Jesus would do. I think he would show compassion. I think he would take any chance he could to help people understand who He is, what He has done for us, and how we can get closer to Him. Yes, like the story of the woman caught in adultery in the Bible that was about to be stoned to death, Jesus would forgive and tell them: ”go and sin no more”, even though he knows that is impossible for them or any of us. (John 8)
I think if Jesus the man was still walking the earth today and just starting his ministry he would go straight to the LGBT people to let them know there is a place for them. Just as in the Bible, Jesus didn’t go to the priests and religious people first; he went to the poor and needy and the sinners. I think if Jesus were here, he would say something like “They have it wrong. How can someone who sins everyday against me and my Father also condemn you who sin? I think Jesus would assure them that there is room at God’s table for them if they believe and repent of their own sins; whatever sins those may be.
Jesus wouldn’t turn anyone down. Do we really think God looks down from heaven and says: only help those who are blameless and sin-free? If that was the case, there would be no one to help. I get that the Bible says homosexuality is unacceptable and a sin. However, it also says lying is a huge sin. It also says having sex before marriage is a sin. It also says knowing God, but not living the life he expects from you is a sin. Can you imagine how horrified the people were when they saw Jesus touch the leper? (Matthew 8) They were probably disgusted by people like that, but Jesus wasn’t. He loved him, accepted him, and made him clean. In fact, many people that others found repulsive or annoying Jesus made a point to help and tell us about in the Bible. There weren’t many people who thought anything was worse than being a tax collector back then, and Jesus made one a disciple.
When I think of tyranny and lack of freedom of religion, I think of the Christians being beheaded and thrown in jail just because they believe in God. I think of what happened to Daniel when he was told anyone caught praying to any God other than the King of Persia was to be thrown in the lion’s den.(Daniel 6) I think of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. They were 3 believers who were thrown in the fire because they did not bow down to the gold statue of the King of Babylon.(Daniel 1-3) These are acts of real religious persecution. By forcing someone to make that cake, or arrange those flowers, how are we losing our freedom of religion?
Adultery used to lead to death. Does it anymore? Working on a Sunday would lead to your banishment from your people, does that still happen? Women who became pregnant before marriage were disowned and stoned to death, does that still occur here? Are we to believe we are sinning by allowing our services to be used by anyone who considers themselves LGBT? The money they pay us and we use to help others, would God blame us for that? Does putting the flowers together for them drag us away from God? Will God punish us for making that cake? I say NO!
I believe from what I have read in the Bible that all sin can lead to death. I believe God sent Jesus to die on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins; knowing we could not conquer sin ourselves. In doing this He assured those who believe in Him and ask for forgiveness will not die, but have everlasting life in heaven.
As I stated before when I wrote about this a year or so ago; my position has changed from how I thought most of my life. Through God’s word (the Bible) and prayer for understanding, I have completely reversed the way I used to think about this issue. How could I ever point a finger at someone else when I have lived the way I have? I am grateful enough that God forgives me every day I admit my own sins to him. I couldn’t imagine trying to condemn someone else for what they do. All I can do is continue to learn more about how Jesus lived and always try to figure out WWJD!
I believe he would want us to show compassion and let his light burn bright in us for EVERYONE to see!
I love you son!