Back in June, I covered the story of Jack Phillips, a Christian Baker being sued for refusing to make a wedding cake for same-sex wedding. Mr. Phillips was recently ordered by a judge to service same-sex weddings, or face punishing fines, or possible imprisonment. The now well-known case, that’s what I believe to be a to radical aspect of the gay-rights movement. It seems, that all over the country, Christian owned businesses are being targeted by case in an effort to silence them or force them to close. Here’s some more on Mr. Phillips’s case by Life Site News.
DENVER, December 11, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A Denver cake baker who was ordered by a judge last week to service same-sex “weddings” or face punishing fines has told Fox News that he would rather shut down his business and serve jail time than violate his beliefs and play a role in facilitating gay nuptials.
In an interview with Fox’s Elisabeth Hasselbeck, cake maker Jack Phillips said, “You know, [I’ll serve jail time if] that’s what it takes. It’s not like I have chosen this team or that team. This is who I am, it’s what I believe.”
“Does becoming a business owner mean you have to check your convictions at the door?” Hasselbeck asked. “Why is it important for you to have a business and not have to abandon personal religious beliefs just to make a buck?”
“I don’t plan on giving up my religious beliefs … I don’t feel that I should participate in their wedding, and when I do a cake, I feel like I’m participating in the ceremony or the event or the celebration that the cake is for,” Phillips said. “My priorities would be towards my faith rather than towards my safety or security.”
Phillips, who owns Masterpiece Cakeshop in the Denver suburb of Lakewood, has been under fire since July 2012, when David Mullins and Charlie Craig filed a discrimination complaint after Phillips refused to sell them a wedding cake.
I have to applaud Mr. Phillips for making a principled stand and placing his beliefs and faith above the world. However, that is not going to stop evil people from attempting to destroy the livelihoods, or even the lives of Christians. We are living in a time where good is being put up as evil, and evil is being put up as good. Sadly, we are going to see more and more of this– it’s not going to get better; it’s going to get worse.
However, I think there are some things that we can do to help protect Christian businesses and prevent them from being shut down. I covered that back in September of this year, at the following post…
And now, in light of this case, I have some other suggestions that perhaps Christian business owners can consider in protecting themselves from what I’ve identified as the quotation mark Gay Mafia.” in the event that someone is a Christian business owner that serves weddings, for example a baker, like Jack Phillips, here’s a possible scenario that might protect the business.
- Cease being a public business. Instead of advertising publicly for your services, operate on a referral only basis.
- Connect with local churches, Christian wedding planners, as well as other Christian businesses that cater to weddings.
- Coordinate with one another and prevent yourself from being put in the position of being forced to choose between your faith in performing something that is unethical.
- If you are a baker, you can sell any other baked good to anyone, just as you always do. However, do wedding cakes only on a referral basis.
In the long run, I think that Christians are going to need to band together, professionally and personally. We know that this is only going to get worse, and the more we support each other, the longer we can hang on.