On the one hand, we Christian business people need to obey the U.S. Constitution and the laws of our nation, but on the other hand, we should also obey the Bible and its instructions.
First, let’s look at the U. S. Constitution and various laws.
All American businesses that sell products and/or services need a Federal Tax ID, usually a state sales tax permit, possible local licenses, and other assorted licenses and permits to do business in any state or city of America. When a business signs for the licenses and permits, it also agrees not to discriminate against anyone based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. (Based on 1964 Civil Rights Act.)
So, when a gay couple goes to a bakery, florist, photographer, or whatever and attempts to hire the business to perform a service for their upcoming wedding, they expect the business to honor the various Civil Rights Acts and their broader anti-discrimination interpretations, which have been adopted since 1964.
The Christian businesses who refuse to serve the gay couple’s wedding do so by stating gay marriages offend their religious beliefs. Their arguments are based on their freedom of religion based on the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
How is this playing out?
Along with this, there is an explosion of gay-marriage lawsuits versus Christian businesses, with the Christians businesses usually losing or settling out of court.
What does the Bible say about this?
(Continued in Part 4)