You cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the table of The Lord and the table of demons. 1 Corinthians 10:21
Someone recently posted on Facebook that he didn’t get what the big deal was about making a cake or a floral arrangement for a gay wedding. He believes that since Jesus was often seen in the company of “prostitutes and other sinners” it would be more Christlike to provide the services requested with a smile, and thereby be a witness of the love that Jesus showed to everyone.
Since the writer of the post is a fellow Christian author, I asked him in my comment if the happy couple were to demand that he write a novel for them based on their “love story”, would he do it?
Art is, by its nature, an expression of who (and whose) we are. Whether it’s putting together a floral arrangement, baking a wedding cake, or writing a novel makes no difference. 1 Corinthians 10:31 tells us whatever we do, we should do it to the glory of God.
I suppose this is a modern day version of do I eat meat sacrificed to idols. If I were a baker (I’m not, but in the past I have helped a friend of mine in her bakery at Christmas and Easter.) and someone came into my shop asking politely for a wedding cake with doves or bells on the top, would I even know it was for a gay wedding? In that case, I’d probably simply bake the cake. But in these cases, the people deliberately came to Christian bakers, and openly and knowingly demanded they violate their conscience. Why? To stir the pot.
In one sense, the post writer is right. Jesus never judged anyone. But neither did He participate in their sin. As a carpenter, can you imagine what would happen if someone came to Him and demanded that He carve them a statue of Baal or an Asherah pole? I don’t think it would have been pretty! Would He have done it? Not on your life! Look what Gideon and the other Old Testament prophets did to the Asherah poles if you don’t believe me.
It is a good thing to ask ourselves ‘What would Jesus do?’ in every situation we face. The truth is we don’t always know what Jesus would do. He was so creative in making His point. But, we can be sure that He never violated the spirit of His Father’s Law. We can’t be running around sticking our noses up in the air like there’s a foul stench in the room. Sin is sin, and yes, we’re all sinners. What we need to remember is that He never left people the way He found them. He told the woman caught in adultery and the woman at the well to go and sin no more. He also told us in Matthew 5:20, “Unless your righteousness is greater than that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.” How is that possible? Only by putting on the righteousness of Christ Himself. We can’t presume to know what He would do in a given situation unless we ask Him.
Ask. Seek. Knock. These are the keys to knowing and doing God’s will. Constant communication with Him is our only hope of knowing WWJD.
Taboo Tuesday Question of the Day: What is your occupation? Can you imagine a situation where someone would ask you to violate your conscience in your job? How would you handle it?