Yes, homosexuality is a sin, but what does that mean for us business people who are faced with the possibility of providing services for same-sex weddings?
I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people — not at all meaning the sexual immoral of the world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler — not even to eat with such a one. (1 Corinthians 5:9-11)
In Chapter 5 of 1 Corinthians, Paul deals with what the church should do about a sexually immoral member in the Corinthian Church, but he specifically gives an exception to people who are outside the church. His words imply that we can associate with sexually immoral people, which has to mean that we can do business with them, right?
Now, maybe you consider gay couples who are planning to be married as enemies of Christianity. If so, what about these scriptures?
Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For He makes his sun rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and the unjust. (Matthew 5:44-45)
If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head. (Romans 12:20)
I can find no scriptures that justify Christian business people denying services to gay couples for their weddings.
You see, our businesses are in the world and have to participate as members of the world system. We are called to be witnesses in the world of the love, grace, and mercy of Jesus Christ our Lord to all people, not squishy, wishy-washy wimps who hide behind statements like, “It’s against my religious beliefs.”
Get a clue!
Jesus came to save the world, not condemn it and we are called to be like Him.
So, who is really behind the Christian businesses versus same-sex weddings wars?
(Continued in Part 5)