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“Iron sharpens iron.” Proverbs 27.17
He called again – my friend, the one who loves to challenge me. Yes, the same one who called me while standing in Walmart customer service a few days after Christmas. You can read that post here.
Here was today’s challenge: bakeries and wedding cakes and alternative lifestyles.
I stay away from controversial subjects and this one is oh-so-hot!
Convictions? I’ve got them. Strong, biblically-based convictions and I pray for the courage to walk in them.
Politics? I loathe them. But I do vote and make weighed, studied choices.
Opinions? I’ve files full of them – mental files! If you ask me for one? I will tell you, otherwise, I try to keep them to myself. Proverbs 17.27-28
The question boiled down to this: Would I bake the cake?
My answer is simply, “Yes.”
I have thought through so many hypothetical’s, my head is spinning. But bottom line because I am a business owner, a bakery proprietor – I am only doing what I do. And, I’m going to make them the best and prettiest cake possible and to my ability. Period.
I haven’t been asked to bless, condone, or attend the wedding. Simply, to bake a cake because I bake really good and pretty cakes and that is why I’m in business.
I know what the Bible says. I get it. All of it.
Love one another as I have loved you. John 13.34
Jesus speaking, “I didn’t come for the well people I came for those that aren’t well.” Luke 5.31
This world is not my home – I am just passing through. Hebrews 11.13-16; 1 Peter 2.11
And the reason I would bake the cake? Because I think Jesus would have baked the cake — do I think He would have performed the marriage ceremony? No, I do not. I back that up with an analogy. If you come to my house and I know that you are driving a car, which is unsafe and doomed to explode and catch fire I am going to do everything in my power and ability to warn you and keep you from driving that car when you leave. Pretty clear, eh?
I find my problem here: the same constitutional freedom that gives the couple choosing a non-traditional life style and a marriage ceremony should be the same constitutional freedom I have to accept or refuse business as a private business owner. THAT is the problem I have. When one outweighs the other it can only witness to bias. In a freedom-based republic, bias should not be a player.
My hope is to be a Kingdom-minded person. To draw others to Christ. To love well. To not judge, but serve. It is going to take hard work and effort. It will take discomfort and tongue-biting. But I believe I can do it – you see, the Kingdom of God is IN ME (Luke 17.21) and that Kingdom is all about connections and relationships with the ultimate goal of winning those that are lost and seeking. Not all will be won but it is not my business to keep score – my only concern is to witness the love of Christ, and, God, the Kingdom King, will take care of the rest.
Let’s Kreate Kingdom Konnections!