A TALE OF TWO CAKES: WHEN CONSERVATIVE IDEOLOGY REPLACES THE GOSPEL

Posted: April 10, 2015 in HOT TOPICS
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The modern church today has been trying to operate under two systems, the system of man through political means, while still attempting to walk in the system of God and his word – and it has failed miserably. So why has it failed? It’s failed because the church began to shift its focus from an evangelical outreach centered gospel where its only core ideology was the cross, to a mixture of social/political ideology, and the results were that the church became less effective in its original purpose (which was to reach the world for Christ) and instead, it became a political movement – the result? A gulf drifted between the lost and the church where ideologies began to war between the two chasms and the great divide forever painted the church as not a place of refuge for the hurting, but the headquarters of a political system whereby only a certain group (conservatives) were welcome.

When the church began to form political research groups, raise up GOP candidates within its pulpits and became politically active, it began to travel down a path which would hinder its reach within its communities, and instead, breed contempt, ridicule and resentment among those whom became the object of their scorn. The truth is, when the church birthed the “Moral Majority” within its ranks, it stopped being the church of Jesus Christ, and instead it became the church of conservative fundamentalism.

When Jesus told his disciples to “Render to Caesar that which is Caesars“, he was referring to the law of obedience by Christians living in a society ruled by a secular form of Government.

The fact is this, the church is missing an opportunity to witness and share the love of Jesus Christ because of dogma and personal ideology that is being misplaced at the cost of evangelism. Here’s the thing, when a person goes into business (in this case to produce and sell cakes) they are going into a commercial industry which caters to all peoples – including and not limited to homosexuals, Muslims, addicts, people of different races and ideologies. When a Christian purposely opens up a business, they are following an ideology which is ruled by capitalism and not theism. That’s the way it works.

My question in regards to the recent events where the owners of an Oregon bakery that happens to be owned by two Christians, were fined simply for not baking a wedding cake for a lesbian couple and the church is outraged. Why? Why would the church be outraged when the owners knowingly failed to provide a service that they are in the very business for to begin with? Once again this is what happens when patriotism and extreme conservatism masked in Christian theology meddles its way into the matter and the result is the church is made to look like a fool. (source)

Some would argue that they should not be forced into making a wedding cake for a lesbian couple, fine, will those same Christians hold to their same principles when a couple comes in who are not Christian and are sleeping together and still not married and want a cake? Will these same Christians hold to this same ideology when a Muslim comes into their bakery and want a cake for their son or daughter’s wedding? Or how about a couple they know for a fact are getting married and they have divorced their other spouses to marry their mistress/secret lover? The same ideology or stance when it comes to one sin better be applied to every other sin that walks through their door.

Some would counter it’s their right to serve whomever they desire, and to a point I would agree, but that defense leads us down a slippery slope toward discrimination and pure hatred. Already several business owners who claim to be Christian have openly stated they will not even allow gay customers into their business establishment because they don’t want “their kind” here. Kinda like the sentiment this nation once heard in the 1950’s. The fact is this, we are not speaking about a Government edict which is demanding Christians, business owners or non-business owners alike, to provide service for openly gay couples, then we’d be speaking about something else entirely. The truth is, a business is created for one specific purpose – making money. It sees no color of skin, it sees not sexual identity, it has no favorite ideology, it only sees one thing and one thing only – profit.

Can an owner who happens to be a Christian maintain his or her Christian principles and still offer someone who is obviously living a life counter to their own moral values or principles? Absolutely. A cake is just a cake. It by no means supports anything, let alone a marriage of any sort. We as Christians make decisions which run counter to our walk almost every day, and still, when we make those decisions/choices, does that detour us from our walk and testimony for Christ? Not at all, because we live in the world but we are not part of this world’s system. It is just as possible to bake a cake for a gay wedding as it is to buy Girl Scout cookies knowing full well that the national girl scout organization promotes abortion and Planned Parenthood. Yet how many of us have given into our family members because of peace within the family and bought the same cookies knowing full well that our money, a small percentage, will go to fund Planned Parenthood? Or what of other choices we purposely make from day to day? Taxes we pay which funds social positions that most Christians do not support? The list can grow tiresome indeed.

But again, we’re not speaking about tyranny against the church to openly support such a view as same sex marriage (although that is coming in the future) we are instead speaking about people (in this case Christians) who go into the free enterprise system, start a business and then begin to use their theology as a defense against serving homosexuals. Can we imagine a doctor who just happens to be a Christian who would refuse to treat a homosexual? Or a hotel owner who, under the guise of principles, refuse to sell a room to a gay couple? Where does it end? This is what Jesus meant when he said “Render unto Caesar that which is Caesars” the point Christ was making was, while we are living in this world, as Christians, we hold to a higher degree of principle, and there will be times where we will, as believers, face situations whereby our values will collide with the values of the world, but we can still live in this world and conduct our affairs knowing that while we might not agree with every idea, lifestyle choice or position in life, we can still render unto Caesar those things which belong to this world (to a degree) and still represent Christ.

Let’s examine something Jesus spoke about in Matthew 5:39-42 “But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also. Whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two. Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you.”

Now, Jesus refers to his teachings in verse 41 concerning “Whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two…” here is what Jesus meant, he is referring to being compelled to do something which would be contrary to one’s belief, even if it meant persecution or even ridicule, Jesus commands us, his disciples, to go that one step further. This is what American theology has done to the words of Jesus, it rejects meekness in favor of American ideology. This is the root problem within the American church. The church would rather fight, sue, run to the Constitution instead of running to the cross. I have met pastor in China who have went to prison for the gospel, I have stood in Chinese house churches where once were shut down, even met pastors who were arrested for simply sharing their faith, and in each of those times, when asked, “Why do you not stop? ” They remind me that ours is not to fight against the tyranny that is called the world’s system, but it is to show the love of Christ even if it means persecution, prison or, in some cases – death. Yes, Jesus would gladly bake a cake for a gay wedding if he was asked to – and so should we. Not to endorse or accept this blatant lifestyle, but to remind the sinner that the love of Christ crosses ideologies, borders and hatred. This is not to say that preachers can or should perform gay weddings, for this is another situation altogether. We are talking about a business that is in the business of servicing people for profit. Yet our narrow minded, religious mindset is once again being seen to the rest of the world that we would rather yield to conservative patriotism instead to the beautitudes of Christ.

We must bear in mind that we are to live the life of Christ even at risk of losing everything, for that is indeed what dying to Christ means – forsaking all to follow him. When ideology gets mixed into the love of Christ, the results are a meddle of confusion and resentment which never reaches out to the sinner, but in reality builds a wall to the gospel itself whereby no one comes to the saving knowledge of Christ, but is confined to the darkness they are in. Will we save everyone by reaching out to those who will continue to use us and sometimes even abuse us? No, we won’t. But they will see the love of Christ in our actions and our desire to love and not hate, embrace and not resist, reach and not fight. That is the nature of the one who has walked away from all to follow Christ.

No other greater example in the 20th century can we find this example of someone who willfully reached out to those who would persecute her and her entire family than Corrie Ten Boom. “Even as the angry vengeful thoughts boiled through me, I saw the sin of them. Jesus Christ had died for this man; was I going to ask for more? Lord Jesus, I prayed, forgive me and help me to forgive him….Jesus, I cannot forgive him. Give me your forgiveness….And so I discovered that it is not on our forgiveness any more than on our goodness that the world’s healing hinges, but on His. When He tells us to love our enemies, He gives along with the command, the love itself.

There was a time in Jesus’ own life where he sat with sinners, he purposely went into the home of one who entertained those in whom the religious deemed as “heathen”, who would know the types of people Jesus sat down and ate with, broke bread with and laughed with – yet not once condoned their behavior or choices in life, yet Jesus said something very pointed in Luke 5:31-32 “And Jesus answered and said to them, “It is not those who are well who need a physician, but those who are sick.“I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”

At one point when a woman poured oil upon Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair and tears, the religious told Jesus “You have no idea what kind of woman that is whose touching you”. Yet Jesus looked beyond their fault, her sins and saw a sinner in need of a savior. So what is our call? Ours is to show the love of Christ even if it means persecution. How much love are we willing to share? How far are we willing to go? How much are we willing to give up to reach that one who in our eyes are unreachable? Unless we are willing to go beyond that next step, then we’ll never know. This is why Christian business owners are missing a great opportunity to reach the lost all because of personal ideology which has no place in the realm of business, but has everything to do with the great commission.

Christopher

christopher152@gmail.com

Comments
  1. This has been my argument too…but I got called lukewarm for it LOL

  2. clinton says:

    I agree with u Brother Christopher, i also believe when Jesus said render unto caeser that which is caesers Jesus is also talking about that believers are suppose to obey the laws of the land and to pay taxes, to many believers today gripe moan and complain about taxes, when Jesus taught we should pay taxes and not complain, also in the Bible caeser represents government, what Jesus was saying to his people and believers pay caeser (government) Taxes and obey casers laws (government)

  3. clinton says:

    i love ur posts brother

  4. clinton says:

    just followed u on twitter, my user name is @idfbrigade on twitter please follow me back I am a democrat that Pastor Jimmy Swaggart is my Pastor, whom i love much, and also no i dont follow everything the dem party stands for but i am a democrat

  5. Porter says:

    Seems like more of a political diatribe to bash fundamentalist Christians equating them with conservative Republican patriots, as if that’s some sort of a bad thing. First of all you should understand that fundamentalism is not a nasty word, but about the fundamentals of the faith. Liberals love to use the term derogatively. Are you a liberal? As someone that owns a service business, I take the opportunity to witness to whomever, whenever I get the chance. However, if they want me to paint two guys kissing on the side of their house, or putting the same on top of a cake, I’m not doing it. Your analogy with the woman annointing the Lord’s feet is false. She came with an attitude of respect and repentance, these homosexuals are coming with an attitude of defiance and disrespect. I don’t mind painting their house, or baking a cake as they case may be, but I’m not participating in their act of disrespect or defiance. I won’t be attending their false nuptials either. You sir appear to be taking the politically popular view of the world, and having a fine time bashing the Christian “fundamentalists”. Remember, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” 1 John 2:15. IHS, Porter +++

    • Porter, then I would expect you to hold to the same moral principles when it comes to other sins as well, that means no adulterers, no drunkards, no liars, no thieves. Anyone who is living in sin, regardless what type of sin, I would expect you to not serve them as well, but then since that would mean almost everyone, you would not be open for business very long. Sad.

  6. Porter says:

    Of course, once again that is a false analogy. Why don’t you tell the truth Christopher? That confronting sin upsets your easy everything goes version of evangelism, and confronting such, may possibly cause you to turn from some sin in your own life. I run my business not for the money, but to share the gospel. As it is written they are won by His blood and our testimony. I often share my testimony of how I repented, turned from being self focused and a partaker of sin, and became focused on Him. Often when ministering I advise people to turn from sin – Just shacking up? Get married. Drinking and stinking? Smoking and joking? Lying and thieving? Repent, turn to Him. The idea is to have a closer walk with Him so you can live fearlessly, and you can’t do that if you don’t put forth the effort to turn from sin. Ever hear of the verse – “… Be ye holy; for I am holy.”? People are going to hell, because of this false gospel where they don’t have to repent, they can continue in sin. The rebellious are not allowed in heaven, surely you understand that. Satan and one third of the angels cast out. I suggest you heed Paul’s warning in 1st Corinthians – “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.” So preach the full gospel, and quit watering it down. That takes courage though, hope you get some. IHS, Porter +++

    • clinton says:

      christopher is right mr porter and christopher is a man of God, and also the church today is way to much involved in politics a political department, the answer is Jesus Christ and the Cross the message of the Cross, the church in america is backslidden the body of Christ, so what christopher is teaching is the truth.

  7. I agree that showing love to all people is the call of every Christian. Kindness should easily flow out of us regardless of another’s lifestyle, or sin. None of us are perfect and should always seek to show mercy as we also desire it. However, baking a cake to celebrate a gay marriage is not something I think Jesus would do. How about baking a cake for their birthday or graduation? Yes! But encouraging,(celebrating) a gay couple to marry? No.

    A gay couple happens to be much more obvious than a couple that has committed adultery, and although a couple fornicating has also sinned, getting married for them will help, not make it worse. The same baker who does not bake a cake for a gay wedding has the same right to deny a cake to another couple choosing to live immorally.
    That doesn’t mean they are unloving or unkind. If that baker feels they are helping someone celebrate their way into hell, how loving is it for them to whip up a big, beautiful cake for them?

    My brother struggles with homosexuality, so do some of my friends. I love them dearly, and I have even made cakes for them, but if one of them came to me and asked me to bake a cake for their gay wedding I would lovingly decline. I celebrate my brother, my friends. I don’t have to celebrate sin that leads to hell and eternal suffering, to show my love.

    What about if a pedophile orders a cake for a graduation, party, or birthday? Okay. 9 out of 10 times a baker isn’t going to realize a pedophile is ordering a cake. However, if a pedophile orders a cake that expresses his “love” for little children is it unlike Christ for the baker to refuse? Do you think Jesus would bake that cake?

    • Here’s how I feel about this, as I have already indicated in the article, business is not a church, that is the distinction. From simply a capitalist point of view, a business is to make money – period. It is not set up nor designed to spread the gospel, it’s designed to make a profit. People are confusing business with theology, this has absolutely nothing to do with theology and everything to do with BUSINESS. A Christian who owns a secular business, has knowingly went into the secular world to make money, not reach the world for Christ. Theirs is not to judge what steps into their place of establishment, but to provide a service. That is the nature of a company, providing a service for profit. Now, if you want to talk theology, then I’m all in and will agree with you 100%, homosexuality is wrong, immoral, dangerous and so on, but that is my THEOLOGICAL view, but if I own a company or corporation, my objective is to provide for everyone who wants what I have, again, that is the nature of capitalism and why it has, nor should have anything to do with our theology.

      • clinton says:

        i make it short I agree with Brother Christopher

      • ajc says:

        That’s right. I would refuse to put anything vulgar on the cake but I would make them a cake and be kind to them. If I objected to any message on the cake, I would be smart like the steward in the bible and make a really sloppy, messy cake so they wouldn’t want it. I would then let them get out of paying for it and eat it myself or give it to the street people. I would explain before I got started, I don’t decorate with porn. Even though I don’t think their are still laws that protect you on that one. Just make an ugly cake. Kind of joking but kind of serious. ajc

  8. I understand your point, but as a small business owner one should have the right to deny business to anyone asking them to partake in something that grieves their spirit. Celebrating sin should not be okay just because we are looking from a capitalist perspective. One of the best parts of owning your own business is that you are able to decide how you want it to operate. I don’t see anything wrong with spreading the gospel while you work, or standing up for what you believe to be morally right. As a business owner I don’t want to make a profit if I know it’s at another humans expense. You can’t help what you don’t know, but when you know something goes against every moral fiber in you then it should be a decision that you are able to make, not one that someone else makes for you.

    • There are limits to personal bias when business is concerned, and while you have the right to refuse service, what message does it truly send? Baking a cake no more makes you accomplice to a lifestyle that we as Christians deem as “unGodly” anymore than Walmart is accountable for making clothes in China – it’s business. Yet what intrigues me is how a Christian business owner can immediately refuse service for one sin, but ignore the multitudes of other sins which walk in the door. Tell me, will you begin to door check every customer that comes in to purchase what you sell to see if they measure up? Again, if we are going to justify refusing service for one, then logic says you have to refuse service to any and all other sinful behaviors which come thru your door. Again, this is a business argument, not a theological one.

  9. Jim Johnson says:

    While baking a gay cake sounds harmless, principles are being established. Must a wedding photographer take pictures at a gay wedding (Not always traditional pictures), and must a Christian pharmacy sell abortion pills over the counter, or sexual items to teens? Must ministers be required to officiate at gay (think orgy) weddings, or must churches accept as members, gays? If a Christian chooses to minister Christ when selling said cake, he can also be fined. One Christian lost his business for merely inviting an employee to church. Christians are required by law to serve everyone, not as Christians, but as secular servants of the state. The Law demands a cake without any message from the baker–Gays want their cake and to eat it in peace. Christians can also minister to the fact that they serve a higher law than the invented laws of the State.

    • I think it’s wrong to call yourself a Christian if you’re under law and not Grace. If you are justifying yourself because you don’t do certain sins, you’ve already fallen from Grace. If you resort to a list of do’s and don’ts instead of leaning on faith in the Atonement, you are NOT a Christian. Not only that, Christ has become of no effect and your religion is vain, void, and powerless.

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