Those of you who use Twitter recognize the hashtag (the rest of you need to catch up). I don’t want to have a long intro here, assuming that if you are on Facebook or Twitter or the Internet, you are probably up to date with the cultural climate in America. Over the course of the last few years and with the growing popularity of same sex unions, Christians are being forced to face some ethical dilemmas they haven’t in the past. The main one has to do with supporting the ceremonies, in particular businesses that are owned by Christians. On numerous occasions Christians have refused to participate, causing a firestorm of controversy (and really bad and uniformed theology). WWJD is now the template applied: would Jesus bake the wedding cake? Atheists, agnostics and even some Christians argue in fact that Jesus would. They point to Jesus’ ministry to people, what seems to be His uber compassion and lack of judgement. But is this true? I want to share three reasons why Jesus would not #bakethecake:
1- Jesus would not #bakethecake, not because He doesn’t love people and sinners. That isn’t the case. The incarnation of Jesus (his birth as a man) is irrefutable proof that God loves sinners and desires to redeem and be with them. The numerous occasions in the Gospels where Jesus closely associated with and even touched people that were in sinful situations and deemed unclean were recorded to make that exact case. Jesus would not #bakethecake because loving sinners doesn’t celebrate sin. A wedding cake is designed to celebrate a wonderful covenant relationship between two adults. Marriage by God’s design is a union of a man and a woman for life.
Jesus would no more #bakethecake than he would help perform an abortion.
2- Jesus would not #bakethecake because Jesus’ mission on earth was not to be nice to people. To put this another way, Jesus did not come to make people’s dreams come true. Jesus did minister to people, and in many ways he did meet their needs. Jesus healed people, blessed people, encouraged people. Jesus fed people and vindicated people. However, Jesus also refused to meet the perceived needs of people who were outside of God’s will. He would not simply show a sign because he was asked. He did not grant the sons of Zebedee permission to sit on his right and left side. Jesus did not come to make life better, he came to be a ransom (Mark 10:45). Jesus would not #bakethecake because simply being nice to someone (or giving them what they want) isn’t the Gospel, and won’t save anyone from the wrath to come.
3- Jesus would not #bakethecake, not because he does not love people, but because he does love people. By not giving people what they want and agreeing with them, it serves as a serious warning, a roadblock on a washed out highway. Scripture paints a very bleak and grave portrait of homosexuality (and yes, all sin). God does not approve of it, in fact He uses terms such as “abomination” to describe it (Leviticus 20) and it is an occasion for God’s wrath to be unleashed (Romans 1). Jesus would not #bakethecake because it would be a truly loving act that serves as a warning of the danger ahead.
There are a number of reasons that Jesus would not #bakethecake and it is up to the conscience of each person (that is Scripturally informed and girded in prayer) to decide how to approach this. You man not agree with the worldview of Christianity but it is insanity to read the Bible and to insist Jesus would have willingly and joyfully jumped in to help #bakethecake.