I've waited to say anything about the fateful "gay wedding cake" issue for a long time. Every "discussion" I hear on the issue doesn't seem to allow for any nuanced views or even a comprehensive understanding of the issue. It is frustrating to sit on the sidelines, because there is no room for open-minded discussion.
So, I've been quiet...until this weekend. Usually, when I'm in my car alone, I can listen to the news and talk radio and discuss issues alone in my car as if I'm being interviewed. I realized that until yesterday, I would love to have had the chance to be on the radio and share my view...a view that I don't think anyone has had the chance to share. However, since my view doesn't fit into any polarized label, I'll never get the chance to share it on the radio. Sadly, "news" and "talk radio" have become far more about posturing and trending topics than sharing pertinent information and engaging in intelligent discourse. We have squandered the first amendment.
However, this weekend I realized that on the day we remember the death of our Savior, the details of a couple of state's laws are in the only thing anyone wants to talk about. I believe Jesus has something to say about both.
It is through freedom that genuine love is possible.
I have monotized my favorite hobby, woodworking. I do a lot of wood-turning and some other building to make small products that highlight the natural beauty of the wood. A couple of years ago, I started selling my work on Etsy, and I usually make enough to buy tools and materials for my next project. It's a lot of fun.
Recently, I thought about what I should do if a gay couple asked me to make something for their wedding. Perhaps they would like a table or arch for the ceremony. Maybe one of them would like to get the other a shave set as a gift.
I've decided that I would do it, not because I believe in homosexual marriage, but because I want to show the love of Jesus in any way I can. I know that making the best product I can would give me the best opportunity to show Jesus love. The truth is that if they invited me to the wedding, I'd go. If they asked me to pray, I'd pray. I would stand in front of the wedding party and pray for them to see Jesus for all He is and respond with all they are. I would pray for the Holy Spirit to move and reveal to them what pure, Christlike love is. At the reception, I would shake hands, give hugs, eat cake, and tell jokes. And, I'd share the gospel.
I'd make sure everyone who I talked to knew that I loved Jesus and that He loved them.
Fundamental to all of this is the love of Jesus Christ. He is the One who pays sin debts. He is the one from whom we learn what true love is. More than anything, I want people to experience the love of Jesus and respond by trusting Him.
So, my biggest fear is not that a lot is going to be passed forcing me to make tables for gay weddings. My fear is that the existence of the law is going to always make them wonder if I made the table because I had to. That's the problem with laws. When something is forced, it loses it's heart.
I'm writing this blog, so that if you ask me to build a table for a gay wedding, you know that I would have done it anyway.
More than that, I'm writing this blog so that you know that Jesus loves you more than you can imagine. When He allowed Himself to be nailed to be beaten, when He was nailed to a cross, when He took on your sin and mine, He wasn't thinking about whether or not any of us were better than another. He suffered and died that Friday, because He loves you and me. He has seen what is in your heart and mine, all of the sin, all of the hurt, all of the fear, all of the hopes. He sees you for all you are and loves you with all He is.
Today, I'm praying that all of us get a sense of just how big a price Jesus paid for us and just how much He loves us.
By the way, if you are wondering what my view on homosexuality is, I talk about it in my book. The truth is that what you do with Jesus matters a whole lot more than anything else, so my book focuses a lot more on Jesus. However, if you are really worried about what I think about it, get the book. There are a couple paragraphs in there about it.