Al Mohler wrote an article, entitled “A moral Revolution at Warp Speed- Now its Wedding Cakes” found here: http://www.albertmohler.com/2013/12/11/a-moral-revolution-at-warp-speed-now-its-wedding-cakes/ Its not very long, so you might as well read the whole thing. The long and short of it, however, is that Al Mohler is saying the gay marriage issue is important because now in Colorado, a Christian who makes wedding cakes is being sued because he won’t make a cake for a gay couple.
Now, let me be clear here. Homosexuality is very wrong. I am not claiming that “All sins are equal” either. Some sins are specifically set apart as “abominations” in the Bible, and homosexuality is one of them. I do not condone the practice.
But, is the political issue at hand here homosexuality? Should gay marriage be put above and beyond other issues when it comes time for a Christian to make choices on election day?
I think saying “Yes” based on this article would be to miss the point. And I strongly suspect Al Mohler misses the point as well, although I cannot say this with 100% certainty.
The problem here, in this particular case, has nothing to do with the fact that a gay couple is choosing to thumb its nose at God, as most people have done throughout every era of history. Nor does the problem disprove the idea that gay people, although in sin, should only be judged by the church if they are claiming to be part of the church (See 1 Corinthians 5.)
The real problem here is a denial of property rights.
The can of worms was not opened when “gay marriage” became popular. The can of worms was opened in 1964.
In 1964, the Civil Rights Act was passed which established the principle that “Discrimination” could be prohibited on private property. But this is ludicrous. People have the right to associate with who they wish, and to deal with who they wish. If one person does not like another person’s business practices, he can boycott them. He cannot rightly threaten to force him to do so, a violation of the Golden Rule (Luke 6:31) and the command to “Leave peacefully with all men” (Romans 12:18.)
A ban on discrimination based on race may seem like common sense. It might seem that it would be ludicrous for anyone to defend discrimination on those grounds. I will not do so. I agree that discriminating on such grounds is being a “respecter of persons”, since there is absolutely no moral reason to do so.
But when laws were passed forcefully restricting the right of property owners to use their property in a “discriminatory” manner if they wanted to, the can was opened.
Everyone, even tyrants, tolerates actions with which they approve. Its time to start tolerating the peaceful actions of those with whom we disprove, Condemn them, tell them to repent, but don’t threaten force against them. Once this principle is lost, everyone’s freedom is in jeopardy.
And I still hold that, as the government has no right to exist, it has no right to define marriage, whether correctly (between one man and one woman) or incorrectly (Any other definition.) Its just not their job.