Dear Christians: I know you are earnest in your faith. So were the martyrs of the early church. They died for their faith. What sacrifice are you willing to make for yours?
Too many contemporary Christians are asking people to sacrifice their right to services otherwise provided to everyone else. If serving all members of the public violates your faith, and if you truly have the courage of your convictions, you need to find some other line of work.
You are in the wrong business if…
If you have a lunch counter serving the public, of which the Black community is a part, and your religion prohibits you from serving that community, you are in the wrong business.
If you are a baker selling your products to the public, of which the LGBT community is a part, and your religion prohibits you from serving that community, you are in the wrong business.
If you are a government worker serving the public and your religion prohibits you from issuing a marriage license to an interracial couple, you are in the wrong business.
If you are a pharmacist serving the public, of which women are the majority, and your religion prohibits you from filling a prescription for contraception, you are in the wrong business.
In a recent court case, a panel of 9 judges issued a ruling in favor of a gay couple. They had been turned away by a florist who refused to provide flowers for their wedding. The judges stated, “This is no more about access to flowers than civil rights cases in the 1960s were about access to sandwiches.” And laws, the decision said, can have legitimate social goals. “Public accommodations laws do not simply guarantee access to goods or services,” it said. “Instead, they serve a broader societal purpose: eradicating barriers to the equal treatment of all citizens.”
Have the courage of your convictions.
It is one thing to desire a shield to protect religious liberty. But it can not be used as a sword to promote discrimination.
“Religious liberty is a cherished constitutional value, enshrined in the First Amendment. But, as earlier efforts to offer biblical justification for slavery and Jim Crow segregation have taught us, religious liberty should not be used as an excuse to discriminate.”
Complaining about how not letting you discriminate is discrimination is, quite honestly, the act of a coward. Show that you have the courage of your convictions. Get another job.
The fact is this. The cost of living up to your convictions needs to be born by you, not by others. Being true to your religious values requires sacrifice on your part. It’s not a price to be paid by the public.