Arizona’s SB 1062 is becoming a hot topic that challenges the Biblical approach towards those that are gay being potentially discriminated against in goods and services. The attempt to counter lawsuits against those having religious grounds to not provide homosexuals services is making a bad situation worse.
Not only is the approach of SB 1062 highly questionable to constitutional law, but it also is an affront to Biblical standards. There is no scriptural substantiation for demonstrating discrimination against any individual or classification of people.
Revered Troy Mendez of the Episcopal Cathedral in Phoenix, Arizona correctly gives his take on SB 1062 by saying, “we believe we are to seek and serve Christ in all people”.
There is not only an Old Testament application to back up Rev. Mendez, but numerous New Testament teaching that discourages showing partiality.
“Ye shall have one law for him that sinneth through ignorance, both for him that is born among the children of Israel, and the stranger that sojourneth among them” is a standard set by Numbers 15:29.
Inclusion is by God’s rules, not man’s rules. Commandments were made for compliance and application to everyone without exclusion.
Being educated to God’s word was a high priority, and although Jesus chose disciples of commonly cut people from society, there were intellectuals of their time in Luke, a physician, and Paul who initially was a scholar of Jewish heritage. Matthew was a Jewish tax collector of probable Jewish education who liberally used prophetic utterances of the prophets of old to validate that Jesus was the Promised One.
Pride is the first thing God hates as specified by Proverbs 6:16-18. Thinking oneself better than another cannot be avoided when denying services to anyone based on their belief system. Devaluing people from a position of superiority cannot be discounted when those viewing themselves righteous use it to refuse service.
The Bible standard of staying clear of the appearance of evil is clearly in jeopardy if anyone refuses service based on someone’s lifestyle. However there should be a distinction between service and validating an objectional lifestyle based on religious belief.
Including any behavior into mainstream acceptance is a slippery slope at best. Christian believers are instructed to separate themselves from the world, but one also needs to use wisdom. Doing things based on how good it feels is a perilous ground to be operating.
The Bible declares one can enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season as stated by Hebrews 11:25. The mine field of taking action based on how your feelings and emotions register can easily lead one down the pathway of destruction.
Being for SB 1062 felt right for a season, but it began losing its luster which allowed the feeling of regret to enter for some lawmakers. Personal comfort has nothing to do with righteousness because many times doing the right thing may not be pleasant at the moment.
Christ did not drag the cross down the Via Delarosa because it felt good.
So, merchants and business people who feel consternation at the idea of giving service to gays need this lesson of temporary inconvenience. You don’t feel comfortable? You are missing a greater opportunity to demonstrate your love of Christ. Jesus did give a model about dealing with our fellow man, did He not?
As Jesus showed, setting aside personal preference and comfort is necessary at times to achieve a greater good.
Additionally there are parables and stories a plenty about showing a pious attitude; the Pharisee and the publican, the woman caught in adultery, and the unmerciful debtor are clear examples of removing the board from your eye so you can better assist somebody removing the speck from their eye.
People get emotional and sometimes their emotion clouds their judgment. Lawmakers in Arizona had a change of heart and urged Arizona Republican Governor Jan Brewer to veto SB 1062 which she did.
Gays that sue for not receiving proper care from businesses would not be put in the position of bringing a lawsuit if due diligence to Christian ethics is practiced properly by those professing Christianity. You are asking for trouble refusing service to anyone based on personal preferences.
There is a Bible theme that strongly suggests that laws unfairly written goes against God’s justice of fair play no matter who it is. Partiality as noted by Numbers 15:29 is something that is frowned upon in the Bible.
Can one really see Jesus getting pushed out of shape by making a dinette set for a gay couple?
If one is unsure or answers “Yes”, one needs to reacquaint themselves with John 3:16-17.