I was happy to receive a thought provoking comment left by someone who went by, "H". I cannot address the gender, but I did answer their question with a question.
Paul for instance talks about morality within Romans and specifically as he ventures into the topic of what was then accepted culture he meets it head on saying:
Romans 1:26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet.
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
Christians shouldn't be using this as a right to neglect hospitality or even be rude. But there are situations like that of the individuals in New Mexico that are being sued because they declined to photograph a gay/lesbian wedding. By all accounts they were cordial and felt it inappropriate for them to be involved. Now that couple is suing them for under guise that they were hatefully discriminated against. I think there should be a limit to where we can peacefully co-exist while and for Christians be that loving example while not having to condone life choices that we don't agree with.
Some people think that sounds like hate. I'm inclined to disagree.
Let me ask you a question regarding the photographer…
Hypothetical scenario: An interracial couple comes in and asks the photographer to capture their big day and the owner said, “No. We feel uncomfortable doing business with people who marry other races.”
Do you think that was fair? Just because of their skin color, do you feel that it was the photographer’s right to turn them away?
Did you know that a little over 50 years ago, it was against the law for interracial couples to marry? They were struggling to have marriage equality just like us.
So, by business owners having their 'right' to turn down whomever, just because of their sexual orientation or race seems very discriminatory. And if they are basing this on the Bible --- where does Jesus state that homosexuality is a sin?
This type of mindset, especially if business owners, like photographers and bakeries are allowed to turn away anything that may deal with gay marriage can also impose in other areas. They're even allowing certain medical services and teachers to turn away people if they "assert their religion" in a "sincere" way. So God forbid someone walks into a First Care Clinic bleeding to death (extreme hypothesis here, please bear with my 'gay agenda'), doctors and nurses can turn them away because they "may" be homosexual. Yes -- "may". They can even assume that they're gay and then go ahead and ask them to leave. Some say it's a war on religion and that the people who are turning away the LGBT community are simply trying to bring them back to God. That's sweet. Didn't Jesus help heal people and give to those who were in need, regardless if they were sinners or not?
But wait -- aren't we all sinners?
|Benjamin Gondek, SB 1062 Supporter|
"Why do we have to cater to those who do things that go against our religion?"
Because it's unconstitutional!
Old Testament Israel: Those who preach racial segregation usually start by claiming God prohibited the Israelites from marrying people from any other nation. One of the passages they like to (mis)quote is Deuteronomy 7:1-4, "When the Lord your God brings you into the land which you go to possess, and has cast out many nations before you, the Hittites and the Girgashites and the Amorites and the Canaanites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than you, and when the Lord your God delivers them over to you, you shall conquer them and utterly destroy them. You shall make no covenant with them nor show mercy to them. Nor shall you make marriages with them. You shall not give your daughter to their son, nor take their daughter for your son. For they will turn your sons away from following Me, to serve other gods; so the anger of the Lord will be aroused against you and destroy you suddenly."
The more these "freedom of religion" bills get passed, just wait --- there are more "minorities" and "sinners" to be rejected. And it will come…sadly.
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