Supporters say that the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act is needed to protect religious business owners who don’t want to provide services for same-sex weddings. Critics, shrilly squeal that the measure would legalize discrimination against gays and lesbians, Muslims and Jews.
Does a business owner’s right to stand by their deeply held religious principles trump a Lesbian couple’s “right” to a wedding cake? I have to come down firmly on the side of freedom and the business owner.
Take the logic to an extreme. Suppose that a gay couple owned a bakery in Topeka, Kansas. Then suppose that a heterosexual couple who are active members of the Westboro Baptist Church walk in and order a cake for their upcoming nuptials. The bakers feel that it would violate their deeply held principles to serve these customers. Should the law force them to betray their beliefs and provide a service to people they don’t wish to serve? Isn’t it simpler and better for society for the Westboro haters to just go find another bakery instead of launching vast oceans of vitriol via social media then suing the bakery owner into bankruptcy?
The truth is that Christian doctrine only tolerates homosexuality. In today’s climate of political correctness, the gay mafia and the left leaning public education mafia have managed to redefine tolerance to mean advocacy, especially for millennials. While that new definition may have made its way into the popular culture, it has not and will not change the definition of tolerance for serious Bible studying Christians.
The adage “Hate the sin. Love the sinner.” is cold comfort for gays and lesbians. Mostly because many Christians do such a lousy job of living according to the rule. Most lesbians and gays can’t be expected to relish the idea that they are sinners. I don’t like the fact that I am a sinner, but the truth that we all fall short of the Glory of God and need a Savior, is the core of Christian belief.
I also don’t like the idea that some people will think I’m hateful toward others just because Scripture clearly describes the way they behave as sinful. I didn’t write the Bible. We all like to look for loopholes to justify our sins, but Christ calls us to righteousness, not denial about our very sin nature.
The truth in Indiana is the same as the truth everywhere. A handful of devout Christians will always stand up for what they believe God wants, no matter the cost. A smaller group of militant LGBT folks will never be satisfied. Redefining words does not change hearts and minds. Tolerance is a two-way street while advocacy only goes one direction. When you make tolerance meaningless, you make peace impossible.