Christian Owned Businesses sued and persecuted for turning down participation in Gay weddings and Gay Pride Parades
When the United States Supreme Court ruled that persons of the same sex could marry, those practicing Christians who knew God’s design of marriage to be between one man and one woman hit an obstacle they could not go around. What must the Christian do? To them it was clear: love God first and obey His design. Then follow their conscience on what they could and could not endorse as found in Romans 1: 32. These Christians were required to speak truth in love. What resulted was predicted by Jesus in John 17: 14+: “ I have given them Thy word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, as I am not of the world….Sanctify them in the truth; Thy word is truth…”
Clearly here we have two kingdoms in conflict: God’s way versus the world’s way. How is this conflict panning out? All across America when Christian business owners have graciously turned away participation in gay weddings, or gay parades the very organized LGBTQ lobby machine has fought back demanding participation. Biblically trained business owners who do not want to “give hearty approval” (Romans 1: 32) to the gay lifestyle or gay marriage cannot with clear conscience take part in an activity not aligned to God’s standard and His definitions. Very polite and loving florists, bakers, wedding photographers, T shirt designers and even Innkeepers who have turned down this business have been persecuted and sued for thousands of dollars .Usually this happens when a community has a “human rights ordinance”, a law declaring ALL must do business with others no matter what their religious values dictate.
The Christian business owners have been defamed on social media, and many have had their livelihoods destroyed. Most thought their 1st Amendment rights would protect them, and yet that has not been the case.
Christians who stand on truth have stated in kind and civil verbiage that they cannot compromise their faith by participating in certain activities including gay marriage. This begs the question: what is the greater injustice: a gay couple finding another florist, or the destruction of a Biblically moral minded business owner who graciously declines doing a gay wedding? Or can a gay organization not find another vendor to do their gay advertisements when the vendor they first contacted suggests a conflict in their mores established in a Judeo/ Christian value run business? Please see the following links to begin your research on this subject..
Dr. Gary Hewins sermon on marriage September 18th 2016
Iowa couple loses business for refusing to host a gay wedding
Baronelle Stutzman Washington Florist sued because of non-participation in gay wedding
T shirt designer has conflict on using his artistic talent to produce Gay Parade T shirts, Blaine Adamson
Common Ground between Christians & the LGBT Community
Some guidance fro Christians who want to honor God's Word.