Christians must not refuse to serve people because of homosexuality!

You should read Denny Burk’s post on the way unbelievers are mis-framing the gay “marriage” debate.

The governor of Arizona vetoed a bill that would have protected religious freedom. Christians will be fine either way. But I want to point out the foolishness of forcing Christians to celebrate same-sex “marriages”, as well as give an exhortation to Christians who may wrongly refuse to serve people because of homosexuality.

Foolishness: many unbelievers think it is wrong for a Christian florist to refuse to make a bouquet for a same-sex “wedding” ceremony. The Christian florist would have no issue making flowers for an unbeliever’s senior prom, retirement ceremony or funeral, but forcing them to help celebrate a ceremony they don’t believe is real is like forcing an Atheist who works at a bookstore to read the Bible (by law!).

Exhortation: if there are any believers out there who refuse to serve unbelievers because of their sin (outside of a same-sex “wedding”), SHAME ON YOU! Repent, and love tax collectors and sinners with the gospel. The situations I am imagining would be like a Christian waiter refusing to serve a practicing homosexual at a restaurant, or a Christian photographer refusing to take pictures of a practicing homosexual at a birthday party.

I hope those are rare cases. I am certain it would be more ignorance than arrogance. A Christian waiter should not refuse to serve someone because of homosexuality any more than a Mormon librarian should refuse to checkout someone because of Christianity. I pray we will remove all the unnecessary obstacles for the gospel by the way we consistently preach and love like Christ.

Clarification: I appreciate the interaction I have had already over this post. I am not sure how to clarify what I have said above, except by restating things more concisely. To be clear: Christians should not celebrate the “weddings” of practicing homosexuals, whether that is by taking pictures, baking a cake, or officiating. However, outside of a “wedding” ceremony, there is no reason to refuse to serve a practicing homosexual in almost any other venue that I can think of. A perfect example is the florist in the video on Denny Burk’s blog, who had made flowers for two men who were practicing homosexuals on different occasions (the article said she did business with them and befriended them for about ten years), but the moment they asked her to make flowers for their “wedding,” she graciously declined.

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5 responses to “Christians must not refuse to serve people because of homosexuality!

  1. This post seemed to muddy the water for me. Are you saying even though you disagree with the government forcing Christians to use their services for homosexual weddings, you are teaching that Christians should use their services for homosexual weddings?

    A Scripture came to mind from 1 Corinthians 5:12 “For what business is it of mine to judge outsiders? Don’t you judge those who are inside?”

    Before I read this post I was arguing against Christians using their services for homosexual weddings as it “validated their marriage”. Yet now I’m not so sure. What business is it for us to judge those who are outside the Church?

    It seems from 1 Corinthians 5:9-13 if someone were a baker and another person in our congregation came out as homosexual and asked for them to participate in the wedding then they should refuse and counsel them to repentance. Yet if that someone were a baker and a non-believer asked then they should go ahead with the service?

    • Todd Morikawa

      Steven, you are right to not “validate their marriage.” I tried to add some clarification above, hope it does get rid of some of the mud.

  2. Todd,
    I have been giving this some thought as I hear about laws being changed to endorse homosexuality as an accepted social convention. The word tolerance is passed around alot when talking about how we are supposed to react to these changes. However, I think it may be used in the wrong context. It seems as acceptance is the expectation when tolerance is brought up in conversation. Tolerance and acceptance are not the same. Tolerance in this context means to endure in the face of objection. Where as, acceptance means to acknowledge the thing as valid and true.
    The examples you gave demonstrate these differences. In our day-to-day lives we, Christians, come in contact with many whose beliefs are contrary to ours. If we refused to interact with those people, the Gospel would never be shared. Christ himself exemplified this principle when he ate with publicans and sinners. His conversation with the woman at the well is another example.
    The bottomline is this. Christians are to be in the world and not of the world. Putting together a flower arrangement or refilling a drink does not always constitute acceptance of a person’s sin. We can lovingly disagree a still do our jobs. This may open opportunities to share the Gospel with someone who would otherwise avoid interacting with a Christian “fanatic.”
    Just my thoughts on this topic.
    Dale

  3. Laws cannot rehabilitate our hearts.

    Best,
    Bruce

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