My thoughts on “Cakeshop.”

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.


God Does Not Use Great Men

A couple of weeks ago, I was driving by a church and was struck by the sign outside that said, “God does not need great men. Great men need God.”

That reminded me of an earlier post of mine here, about how Trump is likely America’s version of Saul from the Old Testament. If you know your Bible, you know Saul was pretty much a disaster as a leader, even at one point usurping the authority of the priests to offer a sacrifice to the Lord.

If God used Saul at all, He used Saul to punish the Israelites for demanding a king rather than being ruled by God directly. The same could be said of other “great” (according to the world) men in the Bible, such as Pharaoh and Nebuchadnezzar.

However, if you want to find the kind of people God uses for His good purposes rather than punishment, you must look to the weak, the despised, the ignored. Saul’s successor, David, was such a man. He was so little thought of that when Samuel came to his father’s house to find the next king of Israel, David’s own father forgot about him until Samuel had rejected all of David’s brothers and asked if there were any more. Then suddenly Jesse remembered, “oh, yeah, there’s David.” Being forgotten by your own dad is about as low and ignored as you can get, yet the Bible calls him “a man after God’s own heart.”

Look also at the disciples. Not as we know them today, but as they were in the society they lived in. Most were fishermen, which was really a lowly profession in those days. Simon Peter seemed to open his mouth most often just to change feet, as when he proclaimed that he’d never deny Jesus. There was Matthew, the tax collector, which means the Jews of the day saw him as a sell-out to the Romans. Another Simon, called Simon the Zealot, was according to his very name a member of a radical party in Israel at that time that thought the way to deal with the Romans was to, as the old saying goes, “kill them all and let God sort them out.” And of course Jesus also picked Judas Iscariot… enough said about him.

In his first epistle to the church at Corinth, Paul explains:

But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.

When God wants to bless people, He does it through weak, foolish, lowly people — what we today would call “losers,” not through the powerful or the popular or the ones the world calls “great,” and especially not the ones who think they’re great. Remember, as both James and Peter tell us, God resists the proud. He does not use them.

If those of us who call ourselves Christian conservatives want to turn America’s course around, we need to look to the humble, not to the braggarts.

The Value of Saying “Merry Christmas!”

So, it’s that time of year when many people refuse to say “Merry Christmas,” preferring the politically correct “Happy Holidays.”

Now, why do I think we should say “Merry Christmas”? Simple. Because that’s the holiday we’re celebrating! Yeah, there are Hanukkah celebrations and Kwanzaa and maybe even Festivus, but come on, the tradition in America is that Christmas is the major winter holiday.

Some might say that there are so many holidays in one month that using “Happy Holidays” is more “inclusive.” Well, look at February… Valentine’s Day, Lincoln’s Birthday, Washington’s Birthday… but do you ever get or give a bright red heart full of chocolates that says “Happy February Holidays”? No, you give or get Valentine hearts!

Another reason is because it’s high time we push back against the SJWs and Christophobes that want to push every mention of Jesus, or Christ, out of the common language. When you get right down to it, they object to Christmas because of the first six letters of the word. It’s time to put that word back into conversation.

So, if you’re in a store and they wish you a “Happy Holidays,” just return their greeting with “Merry Christmas!” Don’t be mean about it, but don’t back down from saying what you wish. And keep in the back of your mind that “Holidays” is a shortened version of “holy days.” That’ll help you keep smiling as you say it.

America’s Saul Election

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and praying since Tuesday night, and I’ve come to the conclusion that the closest parallel to what’s happening in America right now is something that happened to Israel in the Bible.

The story starts in 1 Samuel 8, when the Israelites demand not to be led by God, but by an earthly king. Samuel takes this request to God, and God replies with a series of warnings about what kind of king they would have. They said, in essence, we don’t care, we want what we want and we want it now!

So, God let the people pick their king. They picked Saul, solely on his public appearance, not what was in his heart. And if you’ve read your Bible you know what kind of a king he was.

We have just elected a reality TV “star” based only on his recent public statements. Every time his older statements — like saying that Hillary would make a great President — they are brushed aside. Yet those are a valuable insight into the man.

Also troubling is his immediate call for a $1 trillion — yes, that’s trillion with a “T” — porkulus package. We know these “stimulus” things never work, Obama tried one and it was a huge flop. But Trump seems to think that he can do it better. That’s the mindset of the people who want to keep trying socialism over and over despite it’s many failings… they just think it hasn’t worked because they weren’t in charge.

I fear for my nation. I can only trust that God has a plan.

We Don’t Have To Fix Everything

This comes from my pastor’s sermon this morning. Speaking about Psalm 139, specifically verses 19-22, he points out that David talks about the enemies of God, but notes that David doesn’t insist on fixing what he sees as a problem himself. Rather, he turns it over to God.

I think in politics today we have a lot of people — too many people, probably — who believe if we could just get the right person in the Oval Office, or the right person in the Attorney General’s office, or the right person in whatever place, they’d be able to fix everything. Unfortunately, that’s not the way God planned it.

We see in the story of Abraham how disastrously wrong things can go when humans try to fix things. To recap the story, Sarah was barren, yet God had promised Abraham a son. So Sarah had the bright idea of Abraham sleeping with her servant, to give him a son. It worked, and Ishmael was born. Ishmael went on to be the father of the Arab nations, where Islam was developed.

Let us each quit looking for a secular savior and instead look to the One True Savior, whose name is Jesus.