If you’re a Christian in a service oriented business, the last few years have been pretty scary, as the LGBT community and liberals in general have been targeting people of faith for not providing certain services for same-sex weddings.
Things like baking cakes and wedding photography are typically a no-go for Christians, as providing these services for same-sex weddings is tantamount to giving the act itself, which the Bible calls sin, the approval of God’s people. That, too, would be a sin.
Much of the controversy over this topic is currently focused on Jack Phillips, a Christian baker from Colorado who refused to make a gay wedding cake and is now having his case heard and deliberated on by the Supreme Court.
However, Phillips isn’t the only Christian cake maker in the hot seat. In fact, a local bakery in Kern County, California has been targeted by the state for not baking one of these cakes, but unfortunately for their cause, a judge recently ruled against the state’s attempt to take out a restraining order.
Bakersfield.Com has the details:
Kern County Superior Court Judge David Lampe denied the state of California a temporary restraining order against a local bakery that refuses to make wedding cakes for same-sex couples.
Lampe ruled Thursday that he didn’t have enough information to make the call.
But the case is scheduled to come back to Lampe on Feb. 2 at a hearing in which Tastries Bakery could be ordered to either make wedding cakes for members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender and Questioning community — or stop making wedding cakes altogether.
According to court records, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing petitioned the court to issue a restraining order against Tastries and owner Cathy Miller, prohibiting her from denying service to same-sex couples, as is her practice.
Daniel Piedra, executive director of the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund, which is defending Miller, said the government sought the temporary restraining order to force Miller into a tough position.
Piedra says the restraining order required Miller to produce cakes for LGBT couples and weddings or else not make any cakes at all, demonstrating a total disregard for the woman’s First Amendment rights.
Judge Lampe stated that he feels both sides had important rights that needed to be taken seriously before any real decision could be reached.
The bottom line is the Constitution contains the God-given right of freedom of religion and freedom of expression, and the government cannot overstep those boundaries, regardless of whether or not those working for the state agree with a person’s worldview or religious beliefs.
God’s Word clearly states homosexuality is a sin and that marriage is an institution created by the Lord as a representation of His relationship with the church, so when that institution is assaulted and profaned, God Himself is profaned.
As believers, that goes against everything we believe in and are commanded to do by God, meaning it’s wrong and sinful for someone else to attempt to force believers to disobey the Lord.
These bakers and other Christian business owners absolutely have the right to deny service if it means not violating conscience.
Let’s continue to prayer for Christian businesses all across the country to stand firm in the faith against these brutal attacks on their rights.