I am not a leftist. I am a Torah-practicing follower of YHVH (God). I felt I had to mention this because what I want to talk about is the RFRA “victory” for Christians regarding their right not to provide a service to the LGBT community. I want to examine the Christians’ moral position on this issue and compare it to what the bible says to see if they have a biblical foundation.
Baking a Wedding Cake for a Gay Couple is “Sinful”
Christian baker: Tell me, where does the sin lie? In the baking of the cake? Or the gay wedding? And what part do you play? YOUR part is to bake the cake, what THEY use it for is THEIR business – you cannot control them. There is no command in the Torah, the Prophets, or the B’rit Hadasha (New Testament) prohibiting you from providing goods or services for unbelievers. The only way baking a cake could be sinful is if you were offering it to an idol or a god.
Guilty By Association
There is a difference between being IN the world and being OF the world. We cannot avoid sinners because they are all around us and live in the same world we live in. However, we are not to partake in what they do. Shau’l (Paul) says:
“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. But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, or drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people. (1 Corin. 5:9-11)
So baking a cake for people who are of the world is not a sin. We are even told not to avoid them unless they claim to follow God. Notice the other sins listed. How do you know you aren’t baking a cake for a greedy person, a swindler, or even a murderer? If you claim to follow God, then you are to judge wisely, fairly, and be consistent.
You don’t have the right or authority to judge those outside of the assembly…
“What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside.” (1 Corin. 5:12,13)
If Christians understood this verse, then this wouldn’t be an issue. Let God deal with their actions and you do your part which, in this case, is baking the cake.
Other things to consider….
Christ died for YOU while you were yet a sinner. (Rom 5:8) He showed you love and mercy in spite of all of the sins YOU committed, and instead of extending this same love and mercy toward another sinner, you show your disapproval by refusing to bake them a cake. This same lack of mercy is shown in the parable of the unforgiving debtor in Matt 18:23-35.
Doing Good – Living Torah
We are to do good for ALL people, especially our enemies. While I, and hopefully you, wouldn’t categorize the LGBT community as “enemies,” I’m giving this as a worst case scenario. So if you DO consider them to be an enemy, then consider this…
“If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.” (Prov 25:21)
Notice is says to GIVE, these people aren’t asking for a handout. They are willing to PAY and you still refuse to sell it to them?
And this same kindness, or lack thereof, is seen again when God separates the sheep from the goats at Judgment:
“Then He will say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels; for when I was hungry, you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty, you gave Me nothing to drink…” (Matt 24:41,42)
This is the litmus test of entering the Kingdom; what you DO.
Perhaps this never crossed your mind because, after all, they could just go to another bakery. Or you could reason that this is talking about a person who is homeless and has no food but the bible doesn’t say – that’s just an assumption that we tend to make. But if you believe that God is Sovereign and that nothing crosses His desk without His approval, then you must also acknowledge that God has placed them on your path to possibly test you of which you just failed.
Our Fight is Not in the Physical
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Eph 6:12)
So if you refuse to provide a good or service because of something you don’t like, you are not helping them because the problem doesn’t lie in the physical, but the spiritual. It is the Holy Spirit that convicts, not anything that you do. The denial of goods on unbiblical grounds only produces harm (bad fruit) to everyone as evidenced by the various lawsuits. You, Christian bakers, are viewed as hypocrites not only to the world, but to those who understand what Torah teaches.
Religious Elitism & Favoritism
Sexual sin is but one sin mentioned among many others yet this is your focus because that’s not YOUR sin of choice. Whether you realize it or not, you have elevated yourself above the person practicing that particular sin, judged them, and sentenced them to your brand of punishment which is to not bake them a wedding cake. Do you think God is pleased with you taking such an action against another (who does not claim to be a part of the body) when you are just as guilty for other sins?
“If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right. But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers. For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. For he who said, “You shall not commit adultery,” also said, “You shall not murder.” If you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a lawbreaker. (James 2:8-11)
If you have ever broken a law not related to sexual sin, and you have, then you are just as guilty. You simply cannot point the finger at another while maintaining innocence because you are not innocent. To do so is prideful and shows arrogance. You are also not examining yourself accurately.
Violation of Conscience
You could make the claim that to bake a wedding cake for an LGBT couple is violating your conscience and it is. However, this guilt comes from a lack of understanding your bible and therefore, in this case, your conscience is not governed by the Holy Spirit. It’s not grounded in truth even though it’s against an ungodly moral issue. This is why it’s so important to discern between good and evil, right and wrong because this issue SEEMS right, but it’s not.
In conclusion, this isn’t a victory for Christendom at all. In fact, it’s a shameful “badge of honor” because if they knew and understood their bibles, if they were practicing mercy and love as was shown to THEM on the cross, if they knew it wasn’t their place to judge outsiders, if they understood that this was a spiritual issue and can only be dealt with in the spiritual realm and not in the physical, then this would never be an issue and would have never become an issue for the secular courts to judge. The bible is a witness against you and I truly hope that you are able to see that.