With the Alliance Defending Freedom declaring tomorrow #JusticeForJack day in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, I thought it was time for me to write down my own thoughts on this. This way I have this handy post to refer to when people ask.
Before I jump in, tho, I want to caution people to read the whole thing before going off on me. Parts of what I have to say might not sit well with some people.
Okay, to begin. Jack should have baked the cake. (Pause for startled gasps.) I say this as a Christian, and from a Christian perspective.
Christ calls us to be salt and light to the whole world, not just other Christians. In fact, in Matthew’s Gospel, following the Beatitudes, Jesus instructs his followers to love everyone, even those that persecute us:
Love for Enemies
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
So, if we apply the old WWJD standard, I firmly believe Jesus would have baked the cake. I also am pretty sure that, like the Samaritan woman at the well, Jesus would have used the opportunity to talk to them about some very deep issues in their lives — and they might not have been what we think they would have been, so don’t go jumping to any conclusions.
Now, with that said — and this is the reason I told you to read the whole thing — do I think the government has any business forcing Jack to bake the cake? Absolutely not! With only a few exceptions (murder, theft, etc), I don’t think it’s the government’s job to make Christians act like Christ taught. Christ never went to the Roman or Jewish authorities asking them to make his apostles or followers do what he said they should.
So, in the end, I stand with Jack. He might not have done what Christ wanted, but it’s not the state’s job to tell him that.