Saturday, April 25, 2015

Called to a higher standard...(Reacting to legal actions against Christians)

A Christian bakery was fined $135,000 for refusing to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. In January 2015, an investigation found the Kleins guilty of violating the state’s public accommodation law by denying Rachel and Laurel full and equal access to their bakery, which the state considers a place of public accommodation.

This has caused outrage among Christians on Facebook who say that the couple who sued the Christians are "ungodly" and insults them by their "childish behavior."

Many Christians I see posting on the internet are angry at the outcome of this Oregon case, and rightfully so. But, we, as Christians, are called to a higher standard. Jesus said in Matthew 6:40, "And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also."

The family that owned the bakery closed their business, and now has to personally pay the fines. It just doesn't seem fair, and it's not; but, it isn't our place to exact vengeance of any kind against the sinner. Our duty, rather, is to "...Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you" (Matthew 6:44).

It is no secret that the LGBT community is waging war on Christianity. The only reason for it is fear. They are afraid of Christians. I agree that this is what this is really about. What, then, are they so afraid of? They are afraid that they are wrong and we are right. Because if we are right, and they ARE wrong, that means their lifestyle is going to send them to hell for all eternity. They don't know how else to fight that short of changing their lifestyle.

This does not stop us from being angry; but, Ephesians 4:26 says, "Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath". It's okay to be angry about this, but as Christians we are called to react the way Jesus taught us. We know wrong from right, but only God can exact vengeance. It's our duty, until then, to show love no matter what, even to our enemies, so that we plant the seeds of salvation with-in them.

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