My wife Honey is a great cook. I know it and so does anyone who has ever tasted her pies and cakes.
Okay, with that in mind, let’s say that she and I start a gourmet bakery together. And because we’ve studied the Bible, we understand that certain sins are big no-no’s to God. So, we draw a line in the sand to never cater for certain sinners, especially gays and their weddings.
Maybe most believers agree with us on this subject.
But what if Sam Black, the local used car dealer, walks into the bakery with State Senator Mary White? They want a $750 wedding cake, but both are known liars.
What do we do? Do we draw another line in the sand and tell Sam and Mary that we can’t make a cake for them because they are liars?
But the cowardly, unbelieving,abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death. (Revelation 21:8)
Okay, what if Katie Green and Chuck Blue then walk into the bakery. They have been living together for twelve years and have three out of wedlock children. They want $500 worth of special order cupcakes for their youngest child’s birthday party.
Again, what do we do? Do we have to draw another line in the sand and refuse Katie and Chuck’s business because they are fornicators?
Knowing this: that the law is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, for fornicators, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and if there is any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine. (1 Timothy 1:9-10)
Then, what about idolaters? Or blasphemers? Or slanderers? Or gossips? And so forth?
As you can see, the slope becomes quite slippery when we begin judging the sins of our business customers. We may even end up being no better than scribes, Pharisees, and hypocrites, who are like graves that people walk on without being aware of them.
So, what is the answer for us Christian business people?
(Continued in Part 3)