The Supreme Court ruled 7-2 yesterday (you heard that right, seven to two) in favor of Jack Phillips, the Colorado baker who refused to be forced to support a gay wedding. The ruling is narrow and may not affect other such cases against Christians who are trying to exercise their religious freedom and free speech rights.
The good thing is that Phillips was rewarded for keeping his head in this entire affair. He responded graciously to a gay couple who asked him to provide a wedding cake for their wedding by offering anything else in his shop and referring them to other bakers. This is a friendly, but firm, approach that Christians should adopt everywhere if they are faced with such a challenge to their faith. This was Jack Phillips at his best.
In contrast, the Colorado Human Rights Commission not only brought charges against Phillips, but at least one member of the Commission chose to completely ignore Phillips’ faith concerning the charge. This individual made disparaging remarks about Phillips and his faith. This seems to have been what turned the case into a victory for Phillips.
The Perpetually Offended members of the LGBT community treat Christians as if we are the most hated people on earth. They seek to not only make themselves “uber-equal”, but they want to destroy anyone who has a different opinion.
The good/great thing about this ruling is that God answered the prayers of many Christians in this case, plus the fact that Jack Phillips reasoned, wise, and charitable response to his accusers lead to a favorable ruling.
Unfortunately, this does not end the attacks on Christians and their livelihood in the wedding business. Of course, we were told that LGBT members only wanted equality of marriage, and that same sex marriage wouldn’t hurt anyone. Anyone, that is, except Christian bakers, Christian florists, Christian photographers, pastors, and anyone else who holds a Biblical view of marriage.
I hope I am wrong, but I truly expect the Perpetually Offended to try to bait even more Christians into legal cases such as these. They will send people out to try to catch Christians being themselves and bringing them to court to silence them.
I also hope I am wrong, but I expect attacks on Phillips and his bakery to continue. He will probably continue to get death threats and a new cry to boycott his business.
This is LGBT Pride Month. This is the month when gays, lesbians, etc. hold their parades to show everyone who they are. Expect an even greater display at these events.
This is the month when employers who are desperate to appear cool and compassionate will have LGBT celebrations in their companies. They will be pressured to speak out and take a stand on the Phillips ruling, alienating Christians that work there.
This is also the month that liberal media establishments will feel compelled to participate in celebrating the LGBT community. We can expect to hear lectures about how good it is to recognize someone for how they have sex. Or something like that.
Lastly, Christians will still be challenged to stand up for their beliefs. Kudos to a professional woman’s soccer player in the U.S. who decided not to play two games for the U.S. women’s team because she would have to wear an LGBT Pride-themed jersey. Hinkle converted to Christianity years ago during a personal crisis, and she told God she would serve Him if he healed her. He did, and she did. She takes her faith seriously. She knows that making this decision may very well hurt her professional career. She knows that other players may attempt to injure her, or coaches may refuse to play her. Yes, she’s made the decision to follow God. She didn’t make a big thing about it.
We should applaud believers like Hinkle and Phillips who refuse to compromise their faith in the face of true opposition. As fellow Christians, we should be prepared to follow Christ into trials as well. Paul says as much in 1 Thessalonians 3:3b concerning trials:
“For you know quite well that we were destined for them.”
Let us take heart in knowing that the same God who protected Phillips and continues to let Hinkle play soccer can also help us in our endeavors as Christians.