Let Them Eat Cake
Recent events centered around whether Christian cake makers can or should refuse to make cakes for gay couples has caught my attention. And mostly I am disappointed in how this was handled.
I am no expert, and so I am only here to give my opinion on the matter. Everyone has an opinion, and all opinions equally stink. My hope is that it will help those who, as a result of this, think that all Christians are discriminatory. I am a Christian, but I do not stand with Jack Phillips.
Understand that, at the time of writing this, I am studying Addiction & Recovery Psychology at a Christian university. I am not a pastor. I am not an expert in any way. I am merely here to give my opinion.
Here are the questions that come to my mind about this event:
Some Christians act like gays are their enemy. Didn’t Jesus say (Matt. 5:44-45) “love your enemies”? Doesn’t the Bible say God causes His sun to rise on both the just and the unjust?
Didn’t Jesus tell His followers to help Roman soldiers, who were almost literally the enemy of Jesus’ audience? Weren’t many of the Roman soldiers of that time period gay?
Paul was a tent maker. It can be argued that many sexual sins of that time period (homosexuality, fornication) occurred in tents. Did Paul refuse to sell tents to gay people?
Wasn’t homosexuality widespread in the first 100 years of the church’s history? Why then are there no direct statements to refusing to serve (in any way) homosexuals?
Where in the Bible does it say we cannot bake wedding cakes for homosexuals?
Where in the Bible does it say we cannot perform any business service for homosexuals?
Are homosexuals more, or less, likely to want to become Christians based on how Jack Phillips and those like him are treating them?
If you knew the future and knew that selling a wedding cake to a gay couple would result in one of them becoming a Christian, would you still refuse to sell them a wedding cake?
In light of the golden rule, would we want to be discriminated against as Christians, or helped? And if so / if not, how then do we discriminate against gays who want to get married? How would we feel if a gay couple who makes wedding cakes refused to sell us one for a Christian couple’s marriage?
These questions give me pause and make me reluctant to agree to any religious dogma that would instruct me to refuse to serve homosexuals. I say this to point out that not all Christians believe like Jack Phillips.
If you are a homosexual and you are reading this, I am sorry for any fear or worry that this event has caused you. I hope you will give Christianity a second chance.