“I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.” – Matthew [10:16]
Christians are losing because of their lack of wisdom. Let me explain.
A lesbian couple sued and won a discrimination lawsuit against Christian farm owners Robert and Cynthia Gifford of New York after they refused to allow a same-sex wedding on their scenic property.
Despite the fact that the Christian business owners have hosted same-sex events and have even hired homosexuals, a New York judge ruled that they were in violation of that state’s anti-discrimination laws and fined them $13,000. As a result, the Giffords have now stopped hosting weddings altogether.
According to their attorney, “The couple has decided to stay true to their religious convictions, even though it will likely hurt their business.”
That’s unfortunate. Too many Christians lack real wisdom when dealing with evil; and as a result, they are losing their livelihoods and suffering unnecessarily.
It doesn’t have to be this way. Consider this …
What if, instead of closing their businesses, the Christians agreed to allow the same-sex union ceremonies on their property, but told the lesbian couple upfront that they would take their money and donate it to a conservative Christian law firm to fight against same-sex marriage? In other words, what if they took the sinners’ money and used it for good?
I floated this idea on my radio program and received calls from solid, stand-up Christians who could not even consider the possibility of doing this. They said that providing the service would go against their conscience and equated it to condoning the sin. But to me, using the sinners’ money to help restore God’s order is the right thing to do.
Some Christians may feel like they’re compromising their principles, but consider the outcome of these recent examples of well-meaning Christians who took what appeared to be a principled stance against evil without – in my opinion – the benefit of God-revealed wisdom:
*The owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, an Oregon bakery, refused to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple, and are facing hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines after they were found guilty of violating the couple’s civil rights.
*Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cake Show in Colorado, was ordered by a judge to either provide his service for gay weddings or face fines. Mr. Phillips has vowed to stop making wedding cakes completely.
*New Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled in August that two Christian photographers who declined to photograph a same-sex union violated the state’s Human Rights Act.The
*Washington state attorney general filed a lawsuit against a florist who refused to provide flowers for a same-sex couple’s wedding.
Written by JESSE LEE PETERSON
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