Being a Christian can mean a lot of different things. Many different belief systems and religious peoples fall under the Christian umbrella, but that doesn’t mean that they all agree on everything. In fact, the various sects of Christianity were formed for exactly that reason – because two groups of Christians couldn’t agree on something. Then a third group couldn’t agree with that, and so on.
This central conflict within Christianity was put on full display recently after the Supreme Court sided with a baker that refused to make a cake for a gay wedding.
“Jesus would have baked that cake,” read the sign posted outside South Broadway Christian Church in Denver – right next to the displayed times of their worship ceremonies.
This case dates back all the way to 2012, when Jack Phillips outright refused to make a cake for the wedding of David Mullins and Charlie Craig. They filed a formal complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, who then sided with the couple rather than the baker.
The CCRC ruled that Phillips’ actions violated Colorado anti-discrimination law, but the case made it all the way to the Supreme Court after he once again filed against their motion.
They ruled in Phillips’ favor by a 7-2 ruling, and the decision has outraged many Americans. Others have celebrated the decision, but it remains a contentious issue even after the ruling was made.
“Jesus worked with folks on the periphery of society, mistreated and marginalized. Those are the folks he welcomes the most,” said Pastor Dustin Adkins of South Broadway Christian.
The ruling came down to the point of religious freedom. The Supreme Court decided that Phillips’ religious freedom was violated by the CCRC when they ruled against him. It wasn’t a decision that settled the case for good, but rather came about because it was proven that the CCRC “showed hostility to his religious beliefs.”
“Government hostility toward people of faith has no place in our society, yet the state of Colorado was openly antagonistic toward Jack’s religious beliefs about marriage,” said Kristen Waggoner, a lawyer representing the Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative Christian group.
An ACLU lawyer clarified the decision, making clear that businesses must serve everyone if they are open to the public. This is in relation to the laws protecting the discrimination of LGBT people, which are equally as important as those protecting religious freedoms.
Throughout the Bible, God and Jesus both call for followers of the faith to treat their fellow man with compassion and care for those who are marginalized or discriminated against. These days, it seems more like people of faith want to cling to the parts of the good book that align to their particular brand of politics, rather than what the words in the book are actually saying.
“This church is just a couple miles up the street from me. I do think I might go to church there tomorrow!” commented Mrs.AaronRodgers.
“Nobody mentions a more important principle and question; who owns the bakery, Jack or Colorado? And who gets to decide how to run his private business; Jack or Colorado?” said disgustedwgovernment.
What do you think about this divisive issue?