If you want to keep your job don’t live out your beliefs. That is what many Christians are being told today. They are losing their businesses and source of income. In my home State of Washingt0n, the owner of a flower shop, Barronelle Stutzman, refused to provide flowers for a a gay wedding because of her beliefs. On February 18, a superior court judge said she violated the law and risks losing her business and her personal assets, including her home.
The Seattle Times reported the judge determined that “while religious beliefs are protected by the First Amendment, actions based on those beliefs aren’t necessarily protected.” The paper further stated that the judge’s ruling was backed by 135 years of Supreme Court law that prohibits “religiously motivated action, as opposed to belief.”
The owner of the flower shop, who is not backing down, had this to say to the Attorney General: “…Since 2012, same-sex couples all over the state have been free to act on their beliefs about marriage, but because I follow the Bible’s teachings that marriage is the union of one man and one woman, I am no longer free to act on my beliefs…You don’t really understand me or what this conflict is all about…” She emphasized that the Washington State Constitution guarantees “freedom of conscience in all matters of religious sentiment.” Did the judge overlook this part?
In a February 23 interview on Fox News, the defendant and her attorney, stated that these two men were repeat customers. She suggested three other businesses they could patronize. All seemed to be amicable until someone down the line chose to tell on her. She reiterated the point that the lawsuit threatens to take her home and personal assets.
The Attorney General needs to explain his reasoning for going after her personally. Her home has nothing to do with it. I would hope that even the LGBT community would agree that this is going too far, and is overstepping legal parameters, or are they laughing to another “victory,” when at the same time, they have their “gay rights?”
The time has arrived when Christians are going to have to decide what they are going to follow, man’s laws or God’s word, like it says in Acts 4:18-20, where the people were commanded not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. Their response was, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to give heed to you rather than to God, you be the judge; for we cannot stop speaking what we have seen and heard.” Then later in 5:29 Peter responds by saying, “We must obey God rather than men.”
Some of us as Christians may have to begin choosing between holding to our convictions and risk losing our jobs, or compromising our faith to please men. What decision would you make? The problem is that Christians in America never thought this day would arrive in the “land of the free,” so we are not prepared. Well, sadly, it has! Christian religious freedom has left the United States. This is NOT an isolated incident. There are many such cases across our nation. What would you and I be willing to give up for the name of Christ? This is not an easy question to answer, is it?