Cake That!

I’ve been really struggling with something lately.  I have been paying attention to the legal battles that have been taking place recently with regard to small businesses and their religious freedoms.  It seems like, as a Christian, this would be something I would have a firm position on but the reality is that I am very conflicted where this is concerned.  There is a part of me that agrees with these businesses and feels that government is forcing them to do something that is against what they believe.  But, on the other hand, what exactly IS that?  This is a very specific issue.   The case that I was following involved a bakery that was told they had to provide their services to a gay couple who wanted a wedding cake.  This went against the belief system of the bakers so they refused and a lawsuit was filed for discrimination.  On one hand, the bakers should have the right to refuse service.  It’s their business.  On the other hand though, why would the couple want a cake baked by people who clearly don’t like them?  My struggle is this.  If the bakers have such conviction regarding this issue, does it also mean that they would refuse to bake cakes for Jewish celebrations? What about other religious events that aren’t Christian?  What if someone wants a cake for a bachelorette party or something with a bad word written on it?  Do they refuse?  Where is that line in the sand?  What if the shoe is on the other foot?  What if it is a Muslim bakery that doesn’t care to do business with the Christians?  Pretty soon you are going to end up with a whole bunch of very specific businesses in very specific parts of town only doing business with their own kind. 

I’d also like to point out that perhaps a good way to reach out to that couple, as a Christian, would be to bake them the best darn cake they have ever seen and treat them with love like Jesus would.  You don’t have to agree with the occasion, but you can still respect the people.  By being kind you might even earn their respect back and open a dialog that wouldn’t otherwise exist.  I don’t think that is compromising your principles.  I think that is called showing love and kindness.  We are to be in the world but not of it.  That means if you are going to do business you are GOING TO BE IN THE WORLD.  You can’t slam your door shut every time you don’t like the way someone looks or acts or does something.  I’m pretty sure that’s not what Jesus would do.  He went where people were and talked to them like they were human beings and showed them respect and guess what?  They followed Him because of that.  They were overwhelmed by His love and his kindness.  That’s what the world needs to see more of from us if we are going to make a difference.  I’m just sayin…

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