I can’t think of one person who doesn’t have some idea to what I am referring. We’ve all heard it a few times before. A photographer in Washington state, a Baker in Colorado. Both Christians, both refusing to provide services for Gays based on a conflict in Worldview. And, naturally, I’d like to weigh in.
So, admittedly, I’m a few years too late for anyone to care. However, It strikes me that not many are saying what I have to say. Whether because it doesn’t make sense to them, its doesn’t fit their narrative, or its simply not popular and they don’t want to stir the pot. So here goes . . .
As an American who believes a business owner has the right to refuse services to whomever they please, I disagree with the Homosexual couples in Question. Our country has always lauded itself as one in which a man has the freedom to practice his religion as he sees fit. However, as a follower of Christ, I respectfully disagree with the Photographer and the Baker. A bit of a conundrum for me, but I’m only going to address the latter-the plight of the Christian Baker and Photographer.
Lets consider, first, the Christian view on sin. Yes, the bible is very specific about this: “All have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God.” All. There are no exceptions to this when it comes to humanity. But what is this “sin” that we are all so guilty of, and what does this have to do with homosexuals and Christian businessmen?
Well first, and quite obviously, the businessmen are objecting to something the homosexuals are doing that they believe falls into the category of sin. And it does. It is very clearly listed in the book of Romans, chapter 1, along with a whole bunch of other sins.
Hang on, other sins? Whoa, wait a second. Are you saying, Sarah, that there are other sins, in a list, a very long list of things about which “the wrath of God is being revealed?” Why yes! I am! It starts at verse 18 and goes on to the end of the chapter. You should read it sometime, if for no other reason than to fully comprehend my point. Which is this-amongst the specified things against which the wrath of God is being revealed are 1. Not giving Glory and Thanks to God (listed first, by the way) 2. Making Idols (still mentioned before homosexuality) 3. Greed 4. Gossip 5. Arrogance 6. Disobedience to parents ….. There are more, and not necessarily in that order, but I don’t need any more than this to make my point, do I?
Do you see where I am going with this? Why stop at giving services to homosexuals? If you are going to make a stand, you need to be consistent, or your position will be nothing short of a petty temper tantrum. Shouldn’t you also make sure your customers are 1. Without a doubt always giving thanks and glory to God 2. Not worshipping Idols 3. Not Greedy 4. Not Gossips, 5. Not Arrogant. And finally, my favorite one of all 6. Totally and completely obedient to their parents.
As a Christian, I feel we should take the bible seriously. And I do. I in no way condone any of the actions described as sin in the first chapter of Romans. However, I do also see that myself, and others, are guilty of many of those things. Arrogance? I have it in spades! Disobedient to my parents? I was a prime example of that in my youth! Gossip anyone? Well, ok, not something I am fond of, but I’m guilty of it and I’m betting the photographer and Baker have done this on the odd occasion because its part of the human condition.
Don’t get me wrong, I am called to love all. The baker, the photographer, and the Gay couples in question. I am not here to pass judgement, rather, to give an additional opinion. And my opinion is this-being a homosexual is not any worse than being “arrogant, a gossip, disobedient to your parents.” I’m sorry, but the fact is, when something is placed in a list, it means all those things have equivocation within the context of what they have in common. In this case, the definition being “The wrath of God” and the implication that these things, since they go against his nature and character, constitute as sin.
I am a photographer myself. I love photography. There are fewer things in life that give me such a personal sense of satisfaction as the ability to capture on disc all the things that bring fullness to one’s life. But I am also a Christian. And I believe my greatest calling is that described at the end of the book of Matthew, to “Go out and make disciples.” How you make a disciple out of someone whom you have rejected for being just as sinful as you are?
There is so much more I could say on this matter, but I am honestly and truly grieved that Christians in America have lost the point. Yes, I believe we have the right to refuse service to anyone we please. And Im willing to fight for that right. But what about our calling in Christ? Has he given us the right to judge others for sins which are the equivalent of our own?
But seriously, unless the Baker and Photographer are willing to stop baking for and taking photos of their own children, I cannot agree with or respect their positions. Or are you trying to imply that they, out of all the people in the world, happen to have perfect children who are never disobedient?