|Memories Pizza is just a memory for now...|
Honestly, I don't care if you won't sell me a cake, or arrange flowers for my wedding -- I'll just take my business elsewhere. I would not spend my time or waste my energy into trying to sue someone who doesn't want to have anything to do with me. But the sad thing is, that store will pay a high price anyway by the way they treat others without me even suing them. A pizzeria called, Memories Pizza in Indiana was forced to shut their doors after telling a reporter that he would refuse to cater to a gay or lesbian wedding. The owner, Kevin O'Connor (who by the way doesn't sound Italian) was flooded by threatening phone calls and blasted to smithereens on social media. So three questions: how good can this pizzeria be if it's not authentically Italian (there's a touch of bigotry in that question) and why in the world would any wedding (straight or gay) want pizza as their wedding entree? Also, do you think that this was just one big set up? Maybe someone knew that Kevin was against gay marriage and did this just to prove it to others? That has me wondering a bit.
What about the soup nazi on Seinfeld? "NO SOUP FOR YOU!" He is actually based upon a real 'soup nazi'. You could just look at him the wrong way and he would fling you out the door. If you didn't make a decision in 3.2 seconds, you're outa' there. So in a way, he blasted people out of his shop, but not because of who they were, but how annoying the typical customer can be. As I think about this law more and more, I start to wonder about the guilt factor on the owners who refuse service for gay weddings -- guilt in terms of, 'if I serve you, will I be disobeying my god' type of quandary. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act is not about denying sales or service -- it now seems more about not participating in events that go against their religion. Many Christians will compare it to serving the KKK or real nazi sympathizers, but serving two people of the same gender who want to get married is quite different. So how about a better comparison, like asking a rabbi to perform a Christian wedding in "the name of Jesus"? Maybe if you gave us that sort of example, we would appreciate the explanation better. But to compare gay people who love one another to people who murder each other, is just wrong and hurtful.
|A rabbi at a lesbian wedding.|
It goes that far.
And it can go even further.
Biblically speaking as a Christian myself, the book talks about many sins. I just want to put this out there and you can disagree all you'd like -- but this is what the Bible reads to "me". So, when I flip back to Leviticus (The Old Testament to which the Jews rely on), it speaks about homosexuality, eating crustaceans of the sea (shellfish), shaving your beard, getting tattoos, sitting next to a woman who is menstruating and on and on.
|Ironic that he's against homosexuality since he has a tattoo. That's in Leviticus too.|
- Going to church within 33 days after giving birth to a boy (Actually, she’s unclean a week, and then another 33 days. Then she has to offer up a sacrifice.)
- Going to church within 66 days after giving birth to a girl (Actually, she’s unclean a week, and then another 66 days. Then she has to offer up a sacrifice.)
- Mixing fabrics in your clothing.
- Eating fruit from a tree within 4 years of planting it.
- Cutting your hair at the sides.
- Turning to mediums or spiritualists.
- Marrying a prostitute, a divorcee or a widow.
- Selling land permanently.
- Messy hair.
- Drinking alcohol in holy places.
- Tearing your clothes.
- Eating fat.
- And of course, homosexuality.
There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male or female. For you are ALL Christians—you are one in Christ Jesus.** And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and now all the promises God gave to him belong to you." ~Galatians 3:24-29
There is a huge difference between sinning and a sinful heart. Sinning is simply being human. A sinful heart desires to sin – it wants to hurt people and deliberately wants to steal your joy. A human that sins is natural. We repent and have faith in God. We no longer go by the laws of Moses. This is why God gave us His only son. We are freed from the law.
Here… Look at Galatians chapter two verses 17 through 21:
"But what if we seek to be made right with God through faith in Christ and then find out that we are still sinners? Has Christ led us into sin? Of course not! Rather, I make myself guilty if rebuild the old system I already tore down. For when I tried to keep the law, I realized I could never earn God’s approval. So I died to the law so that I might live for God. I have been crucified with Christ. I myself no longer live, but Christ lives in me. So I live my life in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me an gave himself for me. I am not one for those who treats the grace of God as meaningless. For if we could be saved by keeping the law, then there was no need for Christ to die."
Pretty huge statement if you think about it. “For if we could be saved by keeping the law, then there was no need for Christ to die.”
See, when I read the bible, it teaches me that we are all connected as Christians of the same faith. We follow the trinity and we pardon "sins" as well as not judging another's sins. I was also taught that homosexuality referred in Corinthians was a past tense reference.
Here is my interpretation of the cherry picked version of 1 Corinthians 6:9-11…
“Don’t you know that those who do wrong will have no share in the Kingdom of God? Don’t you fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, who are idol worshipers, adulterers, male prostitutes, homosexuals, thieves, greedy people, drunkards, abusers, and swindlers---none of these will have a share in the Kingdom of God.”
Now, most homosexuals will say to that verse that’s been thrown at them by other judgmental people, “Oh wow! I’m going to hell if I continue being gay!”
Wrong. Read the next verse, which most Christians fail to provide for you…
“There was a time when some of you were just like that, (before Christ), but now your sins have been washed away, and you have been set apart for God. You have been made right with God because of what the Lord Jesus Christ and the Spirit of our God have done for you.”
|This image will enrage some people...|
"Well, what about the Bible condemning homosexuals in the book of Romans?"
The book of Romans was based on promiscuity for both heterosexuals and homosexuals. They engaged in immoral orgies and had sex with anybody. You cannot compare the relationship between two people who love one another to some random orgy. My friend and pastor Nick explained what the term "homosexuality" meant in its raw definition.
You can literally say that having anal sex with the opposite sex would be considered "homosexuality". But the term morphed into a male-oriented type of homosexuality -- but says nothing about the lesbian nature of homosexuality.
I guess what I'm trying to say is, there is no concrete proof that homosexuality was even referenced as a "sin" -- and when I say "homosexuality" -- I mean two people of the same gender loving one another, who want to grow old with one another just like anybody else. Why do Christians debate over their own book? Why do they tear one another down? They're not doing it to "save you" or trying to show you tough love -- they're displaying their prejudice in the disguise of a faithful Christian. It's so far from the truth. Actions speak louder than words.
I also promise you, that if you decide to put a sign on your store window that says, "Sorry, no gays allowed, " I will abide to it. I will not walk into your establishment. I will walk into a place where I'm welcomed. It just feels better. I'm not going to sue you or slander you online. I'm going to boast about the beautiful experience I had with the business who opened their door to me. That's what I want to brag about.
|Will this be your child?|
|Most important commandment of all...per Jesus.|
The Most Important Commandment: "One of the teachers of religious law was standing there listening to the discussion. He realized that Jesus had answered well, so he asked, 'Of all the commandments, which is the most important?'
Jesus replied, 'The most important commandment is this: Here, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, and all your soul, and all your mind, and all your strength. The second is equally important. Love your neighbor as yourself. No other commandment is greater than these.'" ~Matthew 22:34-40
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