Recently a Christian blogger responded to the hot topic: Should Christian bakers make cakes for same-sex weddings titled, “Bake for them two”.
She proposed the idea that not only should Christians bake these cakes but that these bakers should make them not one but two cakes.
Further, this blogger postulates that Jesus is telling us exactly this in Matthew 5:41, “If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.” And although she cites many historical facts there is one question all Christians should ask before taking her advice.
Would Jesus bake two cakes for a same-sex wedding?
Based on all Scripture it is clear that He would not and here is why.
In the Bible, was it Jesus’ love that prompted Him to encourage others to celebrate gay unions? This is the question we must ask if we are to accurately determine if the above referenced post is biblically based.
“You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination” (Leviticus 18:22).
“Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality” (1 Corinthians 6:9).
The love that Jesus showed was different but it never encouraged people to stay in sin. Remember, Jesus even reminded people that He did not come to abolish the law but to fulfill it. (Matthew 5:17)
Furthermore, Jesus’ love encouraged people to “sin no more” as we see evidenced in the book of John. For women, being an adulteress was one of the worst (if not the worst) sins committed. If a woman was convicted, her punishment would be a stoning death. But what did Jesus do here?
“And Jesus said … Go and sin no more” (John 8:11).
He didn’t save the woman and then encourage her to continue in adultery. He saved her so that she would turn away from what she was doing.
Instead of baking two cakes for same-sex weddings, what if Christians were to show real love like Jesus did? This real love consists of being intentional about building relationships with people of all walks of life.
I also observed who Matthew was. Many people quote Scripture without doing some reading about who the author is. And in this case, Matthew was a tax collector–a despised man. Jesus didn’t love him by encouraging him to stay a tax collector. Instead, Jesus called him out of that life.While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples.” Matthew 9:9-11 (NIV)
“As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. ‘Follow me,’ he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him. While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples” (Matthew 9:9-11).
I’m sure many of us can relate to Matthew or even the adulterous woman. Jesus’ love was full of mercy and grace but He did not waiver on the law. He showed love by caring about the condition of their souls. That is why Jesus ate with Matthew, other tax collectors and various other sinners. Jesus wanted these people to know HIM, because knowing Jesus meant they would see how precious God’s commands are. So let’s serve others as Jesus served us!
“Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:19).
How will you serve others today? What do you think the baker, in this case, should have done?