God be praised, i was made a comment regarding The Washington Supreme Court obligates a Christian Florist to Serve a ‘Gay Wedding’ by my dearly beloved friend Hannah. She had said it was wrong for the lady who had refused decorating flowers for a ‘gay couple’ flowers because it was unkind and it was based on law and not on grace. I do want to mention the florist (Arlene ) had served them 9 years (i would say lovingly if they had been customers for so long) but decided to not do so for their ‘wedding’. I think might be true that it is based on law and not on some forms of grace, but the questions are: is being based on law in this case wrong, as we are subject to the law of Christ ( 1 Corinthians 9:21 ), and sin is lawlessness (1 John 3:4 , 2 Peter 3:17 ); and would selling them flowers in this case be based on the true grace of God (1 Peter 5:12 ) or on a perversion of that grace ( Jude 1:4 ).
Another question that could arise is regarding that of conscience ( Romans 14: 15,23 ). I would not agree with the Washington Supreme court that: if flowers were provided for a wedding of Atheists is the same as a wedding provided for a homosexual couple, as she would be promoting marriage in the atheist case, and it is a good thing that people marry, to help not fornicate, and her kindness in this case would counter atheism in showing them love. But in the case of a ‘wedding’ between a homosexual couple (which no such thing exists before the Lord, He told me) i see that she would be co-participating with the very act of perversion ( Ephesians 5:11,12, 1 Timothy 5:22 ). She would be doing this with prior foreknowledge in i think a similar way that if someone could eat meat until someone mentions it was sacrificed to idols (1 Corinthians 10:28, 29 ). I do not believe we should ‘witch hunt’ and make sure what we create is not used wrongly. Love always trusts/believes ( 1 Corinthians 13:7 ).
As a difference however, in this case it would also guard the conscience of oneself because though an idol in itself is nothing (1 Corinthians 8:4 ) , ( Though we should stay away from idols anyways 1 John 5:21 ), but un-repented actively homosexual relationships are something grave to the point of inhibiting entrance to Heaven even if belief in Jesus is claimed ( 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 ). This seems to be the point of the movie “Audacity“, that sometimes what seems outwardly like unkindness is what is best and most loving in order to save a person ( Proverbs 28:23 ). Please feel free to read the book and context of 1st Peter. I understand it is directed to Christians who have had their possessions and businesses taken away, like in Hebrews 10:34, due to their acts of conscience and faith. This is quite similar to Arlene’s situation.
Let me know what you think in the comments section please. One could argue for example if a soldier forces you to go one mile and you are against war is it still better to go two, which most theologians i have heard, say is the context of the command? I think a difference is The Bible never tells a soldier/police to stop being one, as in Romans 13, or Matthew 8:5-13. But i think it dissuades against violence in a somehow similar way it dissuades against slavery. I hope this all makes sense. May God help me be sober, guide us and bless Arlene, readers and all involved in Jesus name.