What would Jesus do?

As the U.S. Supreme Court considers the wedding cake controversy concerning a Colorado business owner and a gay couple who were refused service, I recall a conversation I had with my dad. (This is a reconstructed account, not verbatim.) My dad wondered aloud why this particular couple had to create a disturbance, rather than just find another business to serve them. I pointed out that this is just like asking why black protesters occupying lunch counters in the Sixties couldn’t just eat somewhere else where they were welcome.

The answer, of course, is that it shouldn’t work that way in a democratic society that is bound by rule of law to protect its citizens from discrimination. Those protesters should have been free to dine anywhere. In the same way, my partner and I should be able to purchase a wedding cake from any business, not just ones who don’t object to something I or we may be or believe. Having that freedom is part of what it means to be an American citizen. America (may I be permitted to say), love it or leave it.

After a moment, my dad nodded and then observed that actually, for a Christian, the best thing in this case would be to make them the best and most beautiful wedding cake possible, because that is probably what Jesus would do.

Yes, that probably is what Jesus would do.

I couldn’t have said it any better.

Chad Shenk

Mount Joy Township

Source : http://lancasteronline.com/opinion/letters_to_editor/what-would-jesus-do/article_3b9a2c7a-f167-11e7-9ec2-c3d28c2ea9c8.html

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