Thursday, September 12, 2013

Christian Duty

In reference to the bakery in Oregon that closed down because the Christian owners would not sell a wedding cake to a same-sex couple, a question has been raised as to whether or not the denial of service spreads the message of Christ.  It's been argued that a Christian business owner does not refuse service based on other sins, such as adultery, so why should the sin of homosexuality be singled out?

The duty for the Christian is found in James 4:17 which says, "Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin."  If a Christian business owner is convicted by the Holy Spirit to deny a service because the customer has blatantly stated that the requested service would be for a same-sex ceremony, then the owner is required to obey God and not man, (Acts 4:19).  Ignoring the conviction to deny service is sin.

The adulterer who wants to buy a cake generally does not announce that he (or she) is having an affair.  While affairs are more culturally accepted, they are still viewed as wrong, especially by the offended party.  I don't think a wife (or husband) will say that an affair is okay because that's the way God made their spouse.  No, usually when an affair is discovered, it leads to counseling and/or divorce and the sinful action is not allowed to continue without consequences.  Adultery is secretive and adulterers are not out on a political agenda to change laws and force acceptance as an alternate lifestyle.

Christian business owners interact with sinners daily (including themselves), but the homosexual advocates need to be rebuked because their goal is to force acceptance of homosexuality by requiring Christians to embrace their lifestyle.  Christianity will always be offensive to homosexuals because Christians will never accept homosexual sin as a mainstream alternative to God's word.  The homosexual agenda was very evident in the New Mexico Supreme Court decision last month in which Justice Bosson insisted that business owners must compromise their religious beliefs for the good of the nation because that's that price of citizenship (see my earlier post).

Christian business owners should not capitulate to the demands of the homosexuals, not because they are singling them out for their specific sin, but because Christians are wrestling against the rulers of the darkness of this world.  When any other group of sinners tries to silence Christianity by requiring acceptance, they should be denied service as well.

"And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them," (Eph. 5:11).