The 1st Amendment within the United States Bill of Rights it says, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” I don’t know about you, but when I read “prohibiting the free exercise thereof”, that, in my understanding, would protect a Christian business from HAVING to do business with particular people, based on the business owners religious beliefs. Apparently not, as we continue to twist and re-shape our U.S. Constitution to mean whatever we want it to mean. Here you are people, the government’s pro-gay agenda is taking root and persecuting Christians in North America, though they say they want equality, they show particular allegiance to institutions-which not only shatter there equality statement, but prove the the body of Christ throughout the United States is silent.
Sweet Cakes Bakery in the state of Oregon is closing its doors due to incessant persecution by militant gay opponents. Aaron and Melissa Klein (Bakery owners) were approached by a lesbian couple who were looking for their “wedding” cake. Aaron Klein was quoted as saying, “I believe marriage is between a man and a woman,”. Klein continues, “I don’t want to help somebody celebrate a commitment to a lifetime of sin.” You would think that the lesbian couple would move on and try there crack at another bakery to celebrate there sin, but what came was an barrage of protests that led to the bakery’s closing. The lesbian couple filed a discrimination complaint to the labor bureau, in were aided by the LBGT community, which went up-in-arms and threatened the Klein’s and even there business vendors.
What was Mr. Klein’s response to all of this? You may assume that, as a business owner, he would be frantic and clawing at life for his shop to stay open, but he said, “If we lose, I guess the business goes under,” he continues, “It’s a small price to pay for standing for truth and traditional marriage.” When our faith goes beyond the Church walls, it comes down to the nitty-gritty. Will you fight for Christ or won’t you? In this couple’s case, they stood firm in there service unto the LORD. “We are not called to take the easy way out as Christians,” Klein said. “We’re called to stand for truth.” A well said statement, by this man of God.
The question remains, how can we respond as the body of Christ? It gnaws at my brain and my heart to witness the direction that this country-which was founded upon Christian principles-is going, and what little I see the church of Jesus Christ doing about it. Is our faith really that weak? Do we really love the world that much that we, as servants of God, will not even lift our voices against the persecution that we, in the United States, are receiving? Mr. Klein, a hero of faith in my eyes, said “This is a fight that’s been coming for a while,” he continues, “Be prepared to take a stand. Hopefully, the church will wake up and understand that we are under attack right now.” Those are words that I will truly dwell on in these dark days, and I think that they will only get darker as come ever-closer to the return of our Savior, LORD Jesus Christ.
The statement that I’d like all of you to dwell on is, as lamps on the stand (Luke 8:16-18), you are to illuminate wherever you are. When we sit quietly watching from the wayside as the world self-implodes, we do not embody the righteousness of God. Rather, we hold on to comfort and self-gratification, while we were called to so much more. Men and women of the LORD, pick up your crosses as follow Jesus Christ! The burden of Jesus Christ is easy, and it is light. He walks with you wherever you go. Please be the difference-wherever you are. Honor God by upholding His precepts in love. If you do not, then there will be only eternal damnation for those who were never reached, while it should’ve been our job to reach them. God bless you.