If I had a hammer….

Concerning homosexual marriage and business that work in this arena getting sued for refusing services [bakers, photographers, florists, etc.]:

It has been suggested that the best course of action for bakers, photographers, florists and the like [to avoid lawsuits] is that they accept these jobs, and simply do a sub-par job at them. In other words, take their money and deliver an inadequate product—that will teach them! But has anyone ever heard of someone doing that? The truth is; Christians care more about providing a good product (as we glorify God by how we work) than avoiding lawsuits.

Colossians 3:23-24 Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.

Imagine you are a hardware store owner or a wedding cake baker or a wedding photographer [and a Christian].  Is any economic transaction – with a person or persons that have a view of marriage or orientation that is contrary to the bible – defiling?

The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness of it [Ps. 24:1]. The apostle Paul teaches us explicitly that we are not entailed in the sin when we live in the same world with unbelievers, rub shoulders with them, and do business with them

1 Corinthian 5:9-11 I wrote to you in the letter not to associate with sexually immoral people. 10 By no means did I mean the sexually immoral people of this world or the greedy people and swindlers or idolaters, since then you would have to depart out of the world. 11 But now I have written to you not to associate with any so-called brother, if he is a sexually immoral person or a greedy person or an idolater or an abusive person or a drunkard or a swindler—with such a person not even to eat.

The Corinthian believers had misinterpreted the advice in that [previous] letter and had stopped having contact with the unsaved in the world, while continuing to tolerate the sin of those in the church, which was even more dangerous to the fellowship.

To our question above then, I would say no, it is not defiling to do business with folks ensnared in sexual immorality.  If the folks with the un-biblical view of sexuality needed a hammer to hang their marriage license, the hardware store owner has every right to sell it to them with a clear conscious;   gentle and humble witnessing if possible notwithstanding.   However, doing business with homosexuals is not the real issue today.

In regard to our thought experiment about bakers and photographers we have an entirely different situation.  The homosexual agenda is not to make us do business with them. The point is to make us approve of them.  The issue is not the camera or the cake, the issue is the celebration.

Taking pictures at a ceremony or making a cake for a wedding are active forms of positive expression/celebration of the act. It is not a coincidence that the first lawsuits of this kind were designed to compel people to make an expression that celebrates something they find sinful. The point is that people who are redefining marriage are not after wedding cakes as much as they are after [judicially] forced affirmation–and the legal system is more than willing to compel religious people to speak in favor of gay marriage, or lose their businesses all together.

How long before they come after the church?  How long before a pastor refusing to perform a non-traditional marriage is a crime?

Not as long as you think.  Where will you stand?

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