Question about Jesus and Gays
There has been a lot of talk about the proposed law in Arizona regarding the ability of business owners to refuse service to gays. Interestingly, the actual language of the bill doesn’t mention homosexuality at all. Here is some of the pertinent text from the bill as reported in Wikipedia: “SB 1062 was intended to amend Section 41-1493 of the Arizona Revised Statutes, which prevents “any law, including state and local laws, ordinances, rules, regulations and policies” from “substantially burden[ing]” a person’s exercise of religion, unless the burden is the least restrictive means of furthering a “compelling government interest”. SB 1062 would have revised it by expanding the definition of person in the article from “a religious assembly or institution” to also include “any individual, association, partnership, corporation, church,” “estate, trust, foundation or other legal entity”, and would have allowed for religious-freedom as a claim or defense in lawsuits “regardless of whether the government is a party to the proceeding.”
I’ve given some thought to this idea and tried to put myself in the position of being a baker or a photographer asked to make a cake or take pictures for two men or two women who were getting married. What would I do? The better question is “what should I do?” I come from an understanding of the Bible where homosexuality is sinful. Obviously, if you don’t have that perspective then this question is sort of irrelevant. But, if life me, you think that homosexuality is sinful, I’m interested in how you think a baker or photographer should respond. I’m especially interested in this in light of the biblical examples of Daniel and Esther and how they handled “laws” that made their lives difficult. I’ll share what I think tomorrow. I’d like to hear what you think about this.