SAME SEX COUPLES
SAME SEX CAKES
The Colorado court has ruled that a Christian baker cannot refuse to make a wedding cake for a same sex couple. HERE is the article.
(This is not about whether same sex marriages are Biblical. They are not. But this about how we as believers live Jesus before this culture.)
What would Jesus say about this? Please do not just spout the party line, but think and pray about this issue because more like them are coming our way. The church has embraced so many compromises that it does seem curious why many have chosen this one as the line of demarcation. I mean believers go to R rated movies; they attend the weddings between two people who began their relationship while married to someone else; they go to clubs where sinful activities are ongoing; they read gossip magazines; they watch television programs which are carnal voyeuristic entertainment; they go days on end without really praying; they go days on end without cracking the Scriptures; and yet these same believers choose the gay issue as the supreme test of their Biblical commitment.
But the worldly compromises I mentioned have nothing to do with how we as followers of Jesus should treat the unbelievers. What further application can we make from this truth?
I Cor.5: 9 I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators:10 Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world.
11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolator, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.
12 For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within?
13 But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.
Is this too hard to understand? God tells us that our correction should be given as well as our fellowship be withheld from anyone who says he is a brother in Christ if they are in willful sin that brings reproach upon the name of Christ. Yet those that are lost and cannot yet understand their spiritual condition should be loved and have a certain level of fellowship with true believers in the hopes that they may believe.
Now this of course does not mean that preachers should marry same sex couples nor endorse their union. But neither should we single them out and castigate them. But if the Christian baker feels he must refuse to sell them a cake than neither should the Christian limo driver be their chauffer; neither should the Christian janitor clean up after their reception; neither should the Christian print shop sell them invitations; neither should the Christian tuxedo salesman rent them clothing; neither should the Christian policeman direct traffic at their church; neither should the Christian travel agent sell them a vacation; neither should the Christian real estate agent sell them a house; and on and on it goes until we become isolated moral police.
I do not believe we should take part in the service in any way. Perhaps attending may lend some credibility and therefore would be wrong. But then again Jesus attended some parties held by the wrong crowd and that did not mean he endorsed their party. So if we desire to keep from touching the spiritual lepers then we run the risk of disobeying the Scriptures I have provided. Would you eat lunch at Applebee’s with a gay couple? I sat with a gay couple just this past week at my son’s Christian school basketball game. Was that wrong? Of course not.
But please remember this. If you are convinced that selling a cake to a same sex couple is wrong and sinful then you must also be willing to go to jail without complaint. You see, you cannot take a stand for what you believe is Biblically right by exhibiting things that are Biblically wrong.
These are perilous times and issues like this should drive us to our knees to seek the guidance of the Spirit. (BTW – I would probably sell them a cake and tell them about Jesus too.) I guess that means I could not win the Republican nomination for president nor get invited to speak at most churches.