What should be a Christian business owner’s response to gay marriage (different from an attack on pastors and churches)? It is most important to find God’s mind on this social issue. The laws are unclear, and even more so if the Supreme Court hands down the decision that homosexual marriage is protected by the Constitution. I suggest we view the struggle from a spiritual perspective while the legal aspects are being clarified. What are the spiritual guidelines?
At this time homosexuals have brought lawsuits against some Christian businesses for refusing to provide a service for their weddings. It hasn’t happened on a large scale, but Christians are afraid and trying to pass state laws to bolster their rights. You could say that Christians and Christian business owners feel threatened by growing homosexual demands. Christians are feeling that homosexuals are their enemies.
The Scriptures are clear about Christians’ responses to their enemies. We have Jesus Sermon on the Mount in which He said, “But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. If anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let him have your cloak as well” (Matthew 5: 39, 40). “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you” (Matthew 5: 43, 44).
What is the answer? I think if homosexuals persist in demanding some Christian businesses participate in their marriages and laws support them, they should give the gospel message in love to a homosexual couple who want to purchase their business services. They should explain that they would be uncomfortable and morally conflicted to provide a service at a gay marriage because they do not approve of homosexuals marrying.
Christian business owners could tell the couple that even though God does not approve of their sexual relationship, He does love them and that the Son, Jesus, died so they could be forgiven. After explaining their position, the business owners could explain that not only would they feel uncomfortable but that the couple might feel the same way. They could encourage the couple to go to other florists, bakers or marriage planners.
If the homosexual couple still wants the Christian business owner to plan their wedding, bake their wedding cake, etc. after they have witnessed to them, they should proceed to provide for their marriage in love, asking the Holy Spirit to show them how to reveal Jesus’ love to the couple as they have further contact with them.
These are my first thoughts on this dilemma. As further analysis is made over the next few years, our nation, secularists and Christian, will hopefully find an agreeable resolution for both groups. It is a very complicated social issue, and I am not certain if my conclusions are correct, portraying God’s mind on the matter. My recommendations do not apply to any Christian institutions, churches, non-profits, and organizations. They have a different legal standing and protection.
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