This was a game show that ran from 1940-1988 that included questions coupled with stunts. It was certainly a fun show but also included emotional surprises for the contestant – a reunion with a loved one, long-lost or serving in the military. Today, this question is all but a fun game show, but it is definitely an emotional one.
In recent months, there have been major attacks on Christian businesses refusing to honor same-sex marriages through services offered. Sweet Cakes by Melissa in Oregon has been in the news since Feb because Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of the business, refused to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple because of their faith. It started a firestorm of boycotts, threats, & protests by the gay community, with the couple suing the husband & wife, resulting in the Oregon Bureau of Labor launching a formal discrimination investigation against the Christian family and the business to shudder. Commissioner Brad Avakian, committed to the investigation, says,
“Everybody is entitled to their own beliefs, but that doesn’t mean that folks have the right to discriminate,” he told the newspaper. “The goal is to rehabilitate. For those who do violate the law, we want them to learn from that experience and have a good, successful business in Oregon.”
“In other words,” as Todd Starnes of Foxnews.com noted, “Christians who live and work in Oregon must follow man’s law instead of God’s law. But in a show of benevolence, the state is willing to rehabilitate and reeducate Christian business owners like the Kleins.” Even just last month two photographers who refused to photograph a same-sex couple’s union were in violation of the state’s Human Rights Act in a decision by New Mexico’s Supreme Court. A Denver baker, Jack Phillips, is facing possible jail time for his refusal to bake a cake for a same-sex union. A family-owned cookie shop in Indianapolis is facing a discrimination investigation for refusing to bake rainbow cookies for National Coming Out Day. And in Kentucky, a t-shirt company is under investigation by the Human Rights Commission after refusing to make t-shirts for a local gay group.
Even in our state of SC, a lesbian couple who was married in another state is suing the state in federal court for not recognizing their union, calling themselves “legal strangers.” These are just a few of the recent events surrounding not just the intolerance of personal or Christian beliefs, but the pursuit to further silence & remove all faith-based beliefs that do not agree with the gay & lesbian agenda.
The definition of tolerance is “a fair, objective, & permissive attitude toward those whose opinions, practices, race, religion, nationality, etc., differ from one’s own” (Dictionary.com). I find it ironic that we just celebrated the 50th anniversary of the “I Have a Dream” speech given by Dr. Martin Luther King, a Christian minister. He led the civil rights movement that found its deepest conviction in Christianity, and his purpose was to persuade our government that all men are equal in the sight of God. We celebrate & promote Christian foundational principles in this nation, but fundamentalists of the Christian faith are becoming more outcast. We’ve altered the moral compass & promote that all roads lead to God: any way, truth, & life is not limited to Christian principles – certainly not Christ Himself – but to what is acceptable to the majority. And tolerance, by interpretation, is restricted to the definition of that majority.
We cannot foolishly assume that these examples of Christian business attacks will be limited to only a few instances. With the striking down of the Defense of Marriage Act, the ruling of California’s Prop 8 same-sex marriage decision, and the previous passing of the Hate Crime Legislation, the Supreme Court & Legislative Branch of our government has only opened the door for more of the like. Add Facebook & other social media outlets to personally attack through threats, boycotts, & protests, you have a recipe for ongoing, unmanageable intolerance toward faith-based persons & entities that will continue to silence the moral compass of this nation, and Christianity as a whole. It is just a matter of time that our churches will fall victim to this attack as well.
If there is ever a time of knowing what you believe and why, and standing firm in your faith & the Bible, it is now. The words of Jesus couldn’t be more clear & necessary for this time:
“You will be handed over to the local councils & beaten in the synagogues. You will stand trial before governors & kings because you are My followers. But this will be your opportunity to tell them about Me. But when you are arrested & stand trial, don’t worry in advance about what to say. Just say what God tells you at that time, for it is not you who will be speaking, but the Holy Spirit. Everyone will hate you because you are My followers. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.” (Mark 13:9-13).