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Christian Florist Being Sued By State of Washington

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?

About John Clark

John Clark
John Livingston Clark is 67 years of age and lives in central Washington State. He has written two published books, and two published poems. His initial book is called, " God's Healing Hope: Breaking the Strongholds of Wrong Thinking." His second book, released in December of 2016, is a motivational book written to seniors titled, " Seniors: Are You Retiring or Recharging?" Both books are available on amazon. You can also view his writings on www.faithwriters.com. John is available to speak on a variety of topics. Visit me at jclarkministries.com

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  1. Melinda

    These elected officials and judges are sworn to uphold the Constitution of these United States. They have completely abandoned the oath that they have taken. Instead of protecting against TRUE discrimination, they are choosing to discriminate people of faith who actually LIVE what they believe.
    We once had freedom of religion. It is now freedom from religion. We once had freedom of expression. Now if you have an artistic gift or provide a service to the public you no longer have freedom of expression or the freedom to pursue happiness decide to accept a job.
    If a customer requested that an artist create a floral display, write a song, choreograph a dance routine or cater for an event – (or provide any other creative service they were hosting, that the artist finds objectionable to their own conscience) – evidently an artist is now OBLIGATED to use provide their creativity to anyone who decides they want it.
    This is not about eliminating the injustice of discrimination. It is about advancing an agenda.
    It is obvious that her actions are not motivated by hatred or discrimination. Her actions are undeniably motivated by her own convictions.
    She nailed it when she said “It’s about freedom. If it can happen to me, it can happen to you.” Her decision not to back down is not an easy one.
    We need to be praying that all Christians will demonstrate the same faith and trust that Barronelle Stutzman has shown if we are faced with the same challenge to our faith.
    The world tells us to “Live and let live.” Jesus told us those who are not with Him are against Him. This honorable woman showed us whose side she is on.

  2. John Clark

    Thanks, Melinda, for your comment. It is going to be very interesting to see how this plays out.

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