Saturday, May 30, 2015

It's Not Just a Wedding Cake

A few weeks ago a friend of mine asked me if I, as a Chrisitan would bake a wedding cake for a homosexual couple because it's "just a cake".  I told him I wouldn't, but it's not the reason you may think. 

Yes, a wedding cake is just a cake.  It's made of flour, eggs, sugar, and decorated in a way that can be sculpted in ways that are simply amazing.  Then it is cut by the bride and groom and eaten by the guests.  Pictures are taken of it, and a ceremony of the bride and groom feeding each other is done.  That's about it.  You know, thinking of it, I don't even remember what my cake even looked like.  To be honest I can't remember most of the night either.  So what's the big deal then? 

Well, for me its a much deeper issue than just cake and causes more trouble than we realize for Christianity and not from homosexuals, but from the Lord Himself.  It's a matter of conscience, not ours, but of our weaker brother.  Here we go to 1 Corinthians 8:1-13.  What was happening here is that people were buying good cheap meat at the pagan temple that was sacrificed to idols.  These were choice cuts at a really reasonable price.  Some Chrisitans were buying it because it was good cheap meat, and some were not because they believed it became evil and would defile their conscience (1 Corinthians 8:7).

According to 1 Corinthians 8:4 says concerning eating things offered to idols, that an idol is nothing in this world, and that in verse 8 it says, "food does not commend us to God; for neither if we eat are we better, nor if we don't eat are we the worse." Since idols are not really anything, than the food sacrificed to them is not anything either.  It doesn't draw us closer or further away from the one true living God.  Food in and of itself cannot help you keep your salvation, nor take it away because its meat sacrificed to an idol that's not anything either.  But if we go on if the weaker brother's conscience says, "do not eat meat sacrificed to idols" and he sees a stronger brother eat meat (which doesn't bother his conscience), it would encourage the weaker brother to violate his conscience which would be sin.

So let's bring this to what I am talking about.  Let's say I am a Christian baker and a homosexual couple comes in and asks me to bake a wedding cake.  Since gay "marriage" is not really marriage in the eyes of God and is nothing (like an idol), then a cake made for a gay wedding (like meat sacrificed) is in an of itself not evil either.  I won't lose my salvation if I make it. and according to 1 Corinthians 8:9 I would have liberty to do so.  Follow me?

But, lets say that a new believing Christian really believes gay "marriage" is wrong and his conscience says we should not even consent to go to a homosexual wedding because it's evil and that no Christian should ever consent to be associated with something like that. But let's say he hears that you, a long-time Christian believer is baking a cake for them, and then says, "Well, Frank is baking a cake for them and maybe gay 'marriage' is not bad. You, as the baker, caused the weaker Christian to abandon his conscience and sin.  1 Corinthians 8:9-13 says then that not only do I sin against my weaker brother, but I sin against Christ as well. 

But what is the harm really of making a weaker brother stumble?  Jesus said in Mark 9:42:
"But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea."
Let me clear that up.  It would be better for you to die a grusome, agonizing death than to stumble a little Christian, even the most insignificant one.  Drowning to a Jew was the worst form of death imaginable. So in a sense, it would be better for you to lose your baking business than to stumble a weaker Chrisitan.  That's my point. 

Back to reality.  Let's face it, this country is full of weak Christians.  When it comes to bible knowledge, discernment, and keeping things in context with historical/gramatical hermenutics, there are very few.  The bible knowledge of the majority of American "Christians" is pretty shallow, and is made up of sermonettes, morning devotionals, and TBN.  So it would be benneficial rather to not bake the cake in the first place and offend the non-believer, than to bake the cake and offend the weaker believer. 

I hope that cleared up any confuison you might have had.  It's not that I don't want to see people unhappy or ruin their day. I just don't want to offend more important people to me, which is my brother, and my Lord.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Everyone In St. Louis Is DEAD!!!

Today I read an article from CNS News on Planned Parenthood's 2014 fiscal year report that they performed 327,653 abortions this past year.  This works out to:
  • An average of 37 abortions per hour. 
  • 1 abortion every 90 seconds. 
  • 487 more abortions performed this year than last year. 
No offense to CNS News, for these statistics are gruesome indeed.  But I don't think that they really capture how dreadful these numbers are.  I don't think the human brain can really grasp the magnitude that 327,653 human beings lost their lives last year.  Lets face it, when it comes to numbers we cannot grasp the concept as in the trillions of dollars of U.S. government debt.  Lets put it into a more grievous perspective. 
  • More children died by abortion at the hands of Planned Parenthood this year than the entire population of St. Louis, Missouri. Imagine the entire population of St. Louis, MO city dead.  Whether it be by biological warfare, terrorism, nuclear bomb, or zombie apocalypse it doesn't matter.  100% of the population is DEAD. Every single man, woman, and child gone forever. 
  • If we buried each child aborted this year by Planned Parenthood in a 3 ft by 2 ft grave side by side (which is very conservative estimate) the graveyard would measure 1,965,918 square feet.  This is equal to over 34 football fields side by side!!!
  • If we erected a mausoleum for all the babies murdered by Planned Parenthood this year would be the size of the new Dallas Cowboy Stadium which is 2.3 million square feet.  Think about that the next time you go to a pro NFL football game.  
But you know what's sad about these statistics?  This is ONLY the abortions performed by Planned Parenthood in the United States this year.  This would mean that the abortions performed by hospitals, doctors, other abortion agencies, and in other countries goes well beyond this number.  

So what if a terrorist cell killed every person in St. Louis, MO next year.  Would it matter?  Would we notice?  Would we care?  Would our government pay the terrorist to help plot and kill its own civilians with money from taxes? Well, it's happening right under our noses. It's happening right now.  Are you sick yet?  Like Mark Cahill says, "Do you care?  Do you care enough to do something about it?  If you don't care enough to do something about"  

Think about it.