Bakers and Wedding Cakes – Not So Simple

serviceI came across this cartoon on Facebook. This cartoon actually does nothing to further the case of people who identify as LGBTQ. This seems to try and portray that Christian business owners might start denying service to anyone who is a sinner. Well, that is just silly. All Christians know that the Bible says that everyone sins (Romans 3:23). If Christian business owners denied service to all sinners, they would have nobody to serve.

So why do some Christians not want to make wedding cakes for people who are gay? First off, let me say that I am not a baker, but I have side business from my regular job; I make websites. If someone who led a gay lifestyle came to me and wanted me to make them a website for their pizza business, I would be more than happy to take on that job and build that website. If a heterosexual man came to me and wanted me to make a website selling his sex toys and pornography videos, I would decline.

It is my understanding that most of these bakers would be happy to make a birthday cake for anyone who comes in their place of business. It is not until they are asked to make a cake for a celebration of what the Bible says is sin (Romans 1:26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9) do they say no. I imagine that if a largely overweight man came into their bakery and said he wanted a very large cake because he was going to have a party to celebrate his glutenous behavior, the baker would likely decline. Even bartenders have an obligation quit serving alcohol to people when it becomes obvious they have had to much.

The point here is that the bakers don’t want to make the cake for gay weddings because they don’t want to be a part of a celebration of behavior that they see as and that the Bible says is sinful. The Bible tells Christians to love others. Just because I refuse to make pornographic websites or because a baker/florist/photographer does not want to take part in a gay wedding, does not mean we are bigots and racists and hate the people who asked us. We just don’t want to take part in or celebrate what the Bible says is sinful behavior.

The folks over at gotquestions.org put it quite nicely saying:

Many Christians use the cliché “Love the sinner; hate the sin.” This saying is not found in the Bible in so many words; however, Jude 1:22–23 contains a similar idea: “Be merciful to those who doubt; save others by snatching them from the fire; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.” According to this, our evangelism should be characterized by mercy for the sinner and a healthy hatred of sin and its effects.

We are to have compassion on sinners for whom Christ died, and we are also to keep ourselves “from being polluted by the world”—part of what constitutes “pure and faultless” religion (James 1:27). But we also realize that we are imperfect human beings and that the difference between us and God in regard to loving and hating is vast. Even as Christians, we cannot love perfectly, nor can we hate perfectly (i.e., without malice). But God can do both of these perfectly, because He is God. God can hate without any sinful intent. Therefore, He can hate the sin and the sinner in a perfectly holy way and still lovingly forgive the sinner at the moment of repentance and faith (Malachi 1:3; Revelation 2:6; 2 Peter 3:9).

On top of all of this, why are Muslim bakeries not being sued or even brought into the discussion? Just do a Google search for “Muslim bakeries refuse to bake cake” and watch the video. A man (Steven Crowder) used a hidden camera to go into multiple Muslim bakeries in Michigan and asked for a wedding cake for his gay wedding. Many of bakeries declined and referred him to someone else. And there is nothing wrong with that! They should be able to say no and refer them to someone else, just like I should be able to tell a client I don’t want their business.

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