10 December 2013

The Death of Freedom

The United States is called “the land of the free and the home of the brave.”  This is no longer a true statement.  A US federal judge just ruled that a Christian baker must create a wedding cake for a homosexual wedding regardless of his religious convictions or pay fines for failing to do so.  The baker is free to practice his faith at home and at church, but he can no longer take his faith to the marketplace.

The case was based on discrimination.  I would agree that the baker discriminated against the same-sex partners because of his religious beliefs, but now the court has discriminated against the baker because of his faith.  You can’t have your cake and eat it too!  The judge says the baker can have his faith, but he can’t practice it; only the homosexual has the liberty to do that.  The baker only has the choice of abandoning his faith or abandoning his business.  That is not freedom of religion.

It’s not just the baker who is hurt by this ruling.  Every person who serves at weddings has just been told to begin promoting homosexual lifestyle or go out of business.  Every wedding planner, florist, and photographer will now have to use their creative abilities to promote weddings which are not according to their beliefs.  And what about the preachers? I’m effected by this decision also.  According to this judge’s ruling, I don’t have the right to promote heterosexual marriage as the only marriage God intended.  It doesn’t matter what my Bible says or I personally believe.  I’m now guilty of criminal discrimination against the homosexual because I believe heterosexual marriage is what God designed.

Both the homosexual and the heterosexual cannot be right.  As I said before, “You can’t have your cake and eat it too!”  The judge has thrown out the religious freedom of the majority for the sake of the sexual preference of the minority.

The words I am writing at this moment are considered by many to be “hate language.”  However, I am not saying them because I hate.  Jesus taught us to love people, and that is what I always attempt to do.  But because I disagree and refuse to endorse the homosexual lifestyle, I am accused of bigotry and hatred.  Homosexuals can say anything they want about me; they can curse me and revile me, but this is my own fault because of my supposedly bigotry.  What absolute nonsense!  The United States has ceased to be a country with religious liberty.

I love the response of Billy Graham when a reporter asked him what he would do if his daughter were to declare herself to be a lesbian, “Would you still love her?” she asked.  Rev. Graham wisely answered, “I’d probably love her the most because she would probably need it the most.”  That is the right answer.  As Christians, we must always love; but there is a drastic difference between acceptance and approval.  I accept the homosexual as a person created by God who will spend eternity either in heaven or in hell.  I will treat him with respect as a person, but that doesn’t mean I have to agree with everything he practices.  And my disagreement with his lifestyle does not mean I have become an intolerant, religious bigot.  I agree that intolerance must go, but that rule must apply to everybody, including the homosexual.  The homosexual must accept and respect me as a person who, though I disagree with him, will do him no personal harm.

But the homosexual “hates” what I’m writing because he wants me to admit that he is right and that I am wrong.  In the case of the Colorado baker, the baker offered to make other deserts for the homosexual men or sell them the products in his bakery.  No, they wanted him to create a special wedding cake for them, and since they couldn’t have their way, they went to court.  There were other bakeries which would’ve accommodated them, but they wanted to make an example of him and force him to admit they are right or go out of business.

Why aren’t preachers everywhere crying out against this injustice?  Don’t they realize we are the next target on the homosexual agenda?  Religious freedom is at stake, and if we don’t speak up now there will be no choice tomorrow.  We will face the same options of the baker: Do what the judge says, or go out of business.  I understand that homosexuals are a minority in the US, but the Christian majority has become passive.  A militant minority always rules over a passive majority.  We sit silently when others are attacked hoping that no one will bother us.  The attack on the baker is an attack on every Christian in America.  If we fail here every other religious freedom which we cherish will eventually be taken away.

There is a famous saying from Pastor Martin Niemöller, a prominent Protestant voice against Nazi Germany, that should make us all think very carefully about saying issues don’t effect us. 

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out--
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out-- 
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out-- 
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me--and there was no one left to speak for me.