Christianity and Homosexuality has been in the news a lot. Especially as it relates to doing business with gay people..florists, cake makers, pizza makers etc. Until recently one of my employees was gay. No, he still IS Gay, he just doesn’t work for me anymore. Techs come and go quite often in our business. I miss him a lot…he was a good tech and all of my customers loved him.
I was at the golf course one day and someone who knows that I am a believer started to ask me about this whole issue. They asked, If you were asked to do a gay wedding would you? My first response was ” What would a pharmacist do at a gay wedding? serve drugs? probably highly illegal and we’d all be arrested..and being a Christian would be the LEAST of my issues”. After the laughs died down we got down to the meat of the question. If I was in a business and a gay customer wanted to do business with me, would I do it, even if it “conflicted” with my faith. I guess that important question is is doing business with gay people conflicting with my faith. Personally, I say no.
Lets put it this way. I sell flowers..That is my business for the sake of discussion. Selling flowers to people who walk in all day, making pretty arrangements for any person who walks in the door. I don’t know or care WHAT they are buying the flowers for and if they are buying an arrangement for their spouse of any gender why should I care? They can EAT the flowers for all I care. Who buys my services isn’t compromising my faith. Just because gay people want flowers at a wedding doesn’t mean that I endorse it. All it means is that they like my flowers. Do I have an opinion on Gay Weddings? yes, but personal opinion and politics doesn’t play in the workplace for me. Ya hang out a shingle and people come in and exchange a product/service or both for cash. Cash is a neutral entity. If a person wants to refuse to do a gay wedding then in theory they should be asking every customer WHAT they are going to do with the flowers and if the florist finds it abhorrent then he/she should refuse to sell. I mean, if someone is gonna buy flowers to decorate the home of a gay couple then how is that different than a wedding? Ok, I am extrapolating but you get the point.
The Cake maker who took issue with the gay couple certainly didn’t need to offend them. If they didn’t want to start a war the simplest solution would be ” I don’t have single sex couples for cake toppers” and then put a couple of bells or flowers on the top and just be nice about it. I just don’t see how doing business with a certain KIND of people makes such a heated issue.
I suppose there used to be a day when things were different. I remember as a child nearly every business you walked into had a sign by the front door that said ” we reserve the right to refuse service to anyone” it was usually right under the one that said ‘ no shirt no shoes, no service’. Im not sure when that changed but it did.
I am not sure that suing people is the answer either. Businesses can dig their own graves pretty easily by getting popular NEGATIVE opinion. Today news flies around the world and the internet awfully fast. “VIRAL” used to be a medical term but now it refers to how a news item passes thru hands. If a business wants to refuse to do business with a certain group of people then fine. I don’t care either. The law apparently does, but my take on it is this: if you refuse cash, you are digging your own grave. If you piss people off they go on their Facebook pages , Yelp, etc and tell people what happens and pretty soon cash becomes even more scarce. If the cash flow stops, you are done. The Internet is a powerful entity.
I think I can worship my God, serve Him as I am supposed to, and work out my faith, and still do business, if I keep this one thing in perspective. The first command He gave us was Love one another as He has loved us first. He is the judge, and His commands were not to judge, but love. Your sins are your sins and my sins are my sins. I am not worrying about the sins of others when I have a bucket load of sins of my own to deal with.