But before I get to that rant, I’m wondering what WordPress has done to my dashboard. I’m not happy with the change, which might be because it’s different. Changes sometimes make me sigh.
Now to the topic at hand – I often wonder about my wisdom when I post comments on Facebook – but always after I’ve posted the comment – that reflect on beliefs. This morning I read about the Supreme Court decision regarding the baker vs LGBT couple, and made a comment about my concept of Christianity. Directed at the baker, not the ruling. My bad – I didn’t make that clear. In any case, it turns out I am so very very wrong – that happens a lot – in the opinion of others on Facebook. And that’s okay, as long as the conversation is kept civil and name-calling does not jump in.
In any case, my comment led me on to wonder what the difference is in various situations of refusing service. What makes it wrong to refuse service because of color (don’t get me wrong, I’m not advocating that) but okay to refuse service because of sexual bent, political beliefs, and so on? Perhaps I’m dense, but I don’t really see the difference. Yes, I believe business owners should have rights – certainly if someone goes into a business and is hostile or disruptive, the business should have the right to demand that they leave. No one should have to put up with the bad behavior of others. But based on individual beliefs or preferences?
Perhaps it’s my concept of what Christianity is. My God is kind, my God is tolerant, my God is loving. My God does not condemn based on personal beliefs. My son has told me that the Bible forbids homosexuality, but I wonder if that phrase in the Bible relates more to something that was going on at that time in history and I wonder how much of what we see of the words of Jesus varies with interpretations. I question only because all of those words were verbal, were not recorded, were dependent upon later being written down. So how much is lost in translation and passage of time? I’m not meaning to be a heretic or anything here, but I am genuinely curious.
I was told that if I could not see that the LGBT/baker thing was a deliberate thing, designed to put the baker out of business, I was willfully blind. Perhaps I am. Just as I believe those who think Trump is the answer and is accomplishing great things are. Perhaps we are all willfully blind, in different ways. But I will never, ever, believe that any God would want his people to discriminate against others because of sexual bent, color, ethnicity, even religious belief. I believe that He truly wants is for us to love our neighbor as we do ourselves.
I have concluded that I prefer to be willfully blind.