Sorry to bring this up again, but I read this story today on Crosswalk.com and my jaw hit the floor: New Mexico Court: Christian Conscience Discriminates Against Gays. Despite the incredibly misleading title, the article is really about a wedding photographer who refused to go to be hired by a gay client because it violated her “belief in the biblical definition of marriage.” Get this kicker from someone that is actually a lawyer: “America was founded on the fundamental freedom of every citizen to live and work according to their beliefs.” So a white supremacist restaurant-owner is free to not serve non-whites because of their beliefs?
Last I heard, they weren’t handing out law degrees in cracker jack boxes. But how did Jordan Lorence become a lawyer otherwise?
Why does it seem like every conservative Christian in the world has forgotten I Corinthians 5:9-10 in this day and age? “I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people — not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world.” Even if you consider homosexuality to be immoral, it is right there as plain as day in the Bible. You still associate with gays. You still do business with them. You still interact with them in the way you would with anyone else you consider a “sinner.”
I am sorry for the frustration in this post, but I get hammered a lot for suggesting that Christians are homophobic. How else would you describe this? There is NOTHING in the Bible that tells you not to refuse business because of your definition of marriage. And any artist knows that once you get paid for your services it is no longer about your expression. You are hired to “express” someone else.
I mean, again – who gave Jordan Lorence a degree in law?
Sorry, I am just floored obviously. Look – how many weddings out there are between people that blatantly flaunt their pre-marital sex? How many weddings are for people that got divorced and are re-marrying and adultery never played a role? How many weddings serve so much alcohol that half the people there get wasted – and they announce this from the moment they start inviting people? Are these photographers going to really contend that there wasn’t one single wedding that involved other blatant “sins” in their eyes?
This was a politically motivated case of fear and/or hatred – straight up. They didn’t get their way in the gay marriage fight so they are taking it out on customers who don’t sin in ways they are complacent with.
This is why the Church is dying (conservative and liberal churches alike are losing members fast if you do the math – ever notice that the loss of church members from liberal denominations only accounts for a little over half of the overall loss in America?). There is no war on the Church in America. We are hypocrites who won’t fight the war against hypocrisy in our own midst, so God is using the world around us to force that war on us. Church, please wake up.