Butchers, Bakers, and Candlestick makers
“And if any someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. And if someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles” MT 5:40-41
There has been a lot of talk lately about “discrimination” against Christians and forcing them to bake a cake, Cater or prepare a floral arrangement for a gay wedding. As a Christian I am often led back to the axiom, WWJD? I suspect if he was asked to bake a cake for gay wedding he’d bake two. If he was asked to cater, the Water would be turned into really good wine (better yet GREAT Scotch), and if he was asked to do the floral arrangements the flowers would look better than the Royal Gardens at Buckingham palace.
Since when is the call to love our enemies exclusive of gay people? And worse yet, when did gay people become our enemies? I just don’t see how refusing to bake a cake or take pictures at a Wedding fits in with “they’ll know we are Christians by our love.”
OTOH, As an American who understands that to most Christians, Jews, and Moslems, a Wedding ceremony is a religious sacrament or service I don’t understand how you can force anyone who disagrees with a religious practice to attend or participate in it? For that matter should an atheist photographer be forced to attend a Christian wedding where they will be preached too, have to sit thru a communion service? I just can’t reconcile this idea with the First Amendment. No country with Freedom of Religion should force anyone to attend a religious function, simple stuff really.
This goes back to Chomsky’s statement about Freedom of Speech. “If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for those we despise, we don’t believe in it at all” I tend to be an absolutist on Constitutional-natural rights. In short, if your gay customer ask you to bake a cake for their wedding and you are a follower of Christ bake them two. But I’ll defend your right to refuse to bake them any, because that’s what freedom is all about. It isn’t always pretty, but I suspect in the long run it works best. Plus, why would any gay person want a Muslim Baker baking a cake for the Wedding that says “Death to the Infidels” on the inscription anyway 🙂