I've been watching all the hubbub about the Religious Freedom Law that Indiana just passed. The governor started out saying it was a good thing for Indiana and the people there, then the crowd got started and turned it into the most hateful thing that could be done since the Third Reich went after their own Jewish population.
I've got a problem with that. There is a federal law on the books that says the same thing. Bill Clinton signed it and there was no vomitous mass of indignation.
There are 23 other states with pretty much the same law on the books, and there were no industriously indignant individuals.
What is going on here is the law is open ended and, to me, makes sense. But there are legion of people who want to control my thoughts and actions in order to fit their world view. I'm sorry, I'll keep my liberty. Tolerance in the face of tyranny is appeasement, and that never leads to good decisions. So the tyrannical gay rights crowd is wrong.
The litmus test has been court cases where bakers have been forced to bake a cake for a gay wedding or be threatened with lawsuits. That has happened more than once and it has ruined two businesses.
In my view, both parties are wrong. The gay activist crowd wants to punish somebody and takes away their livelihood. That's evil, that's tyrannical, that's wrong.
However, the Christian business owner is wrong as well. We are taught to love the person but hate the sin. I can love a customer, and their same-sex partner, and can make them a cake decorated the way they want and not compromise my beliefs. What I have just done has been in this world, not of this world. If we as Christians were to love them instead of castigate them, their own arguments start to go away.
But the Christian will ask, how far does it go? Would a Christian tuxedo shop rent to a gay couple? Yes
Would a gay florist make two bouquets for two women getting married? Yes.
Would I expect a church to allow a gay wedding, or a Pastor to perform a gay wedding? I would have to say no to both. Like I said, we love the person, but hate the sin. Homosexuality is clearly called out as a sin in several places in the bible, and even in love, I cannot see how that can be consecrated in a church, or by a pastor. Do pastors and churches do it today? Of course, but I am concerned about the theological sophistry they have to weave to be true to God with those actions.
Love is gentle, love is kind, yes, but there is also right and wrong. I think both sides have amped up the indignation to a point where it becomes hard to have a discussion about the core topics.