Cal Thomas weighs in on some of the recent difficulties Christians have experienced here in the US and what he believes the Bible tells us to do about it:
Clearly, conservative Christian values are under assault in today’s culture. But two other points should be made. One is the danger when one’s faith is forced on people who do not share it. The second is that people who don’t share those religious beliefs err when they seek to force people of faith to embrace their beliefs and practices. Balance and humility ought to be pursued by both sides.I agree with him in that both sides need to pursue balance and humility; where I disagree is in his contention that faith was being forced on anyone. Did SB1062 demand religious conversion? Did the New Mexican photographer? Did the Oregonian baker? Of course not.
Let us recall our history. Religion was once wrongly used by some to condemn interracial marriage. In some churches, the Bible was misused to justify countless forms of discrimination against African-Americans. Women, too, were thought by some Christians to be inferior to men and, therefore, it was believed to be just to deny them the same rights and privileges enjoyed by men. The Bible was sometimes employed to keep women from voting, establishing credit or owning property. Women were to be “submissive” to their husbands, thereby inhibiting their demands for the vote and their calls for gender equality.Are interracial marriages sinful? Of course not. Is a woman voting sinful? Of course not. Is a woman having credit or owning property sinful? Of course not.
Is engaging in homosexual activity sinful? Is celebrating sinful behavior sinful?
I shouldn’t even have to ask that question – of course it is. That’s why Mr. Thomas’ examples, IMO, are poorly chosen. Which is why his statement – ‘The biblical thing to do for the Oregon cake business was to bake the cake for the gay couple’ – is completely, entirely, and biblically wrong – baking the cake would be a celebration of sinful behavior.
As for what Mr. Thomas says next – ‘If businesses can refuse to serve such people based on the religious beliefs of its owners or employees, they wouldn’t be in business very long’ – is he saying that forcing Christians to celebrate sinful behavior is good for them, because it keeps them in business?
Sure sounds like it to me.
The best example of Mr. Thomas’ incorrect understanding of what’s ‘biblical’ is when he quotes John 8:
“Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”Can anyone who reads that last part – ‘Go and leave your life of sin’ – seriously and honestly believe the Speaker of that would celebrate sin?
"No one, Lord,” she replied.
“Then neither do I condemn you,” he declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.” (emphasis mine)