Would you like some Moore Wedding Cake?

Moore Wedding CakeI took a rare moment today to see what was happening in Facebook land. I’ve been off there for months, with no real idea about who has been doing what. But every so often I take a sneak peek, and this was one of those times.I scrolled through the various posts, when two items caught my eye. One was a video about that business in America where a baker has refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple on religious grounds. The whole thing has blown up, and is now before the U.S. Supreme Court. Its causing waves over there, and will likely cause some angst here as well.

The second post appeared right underneath that one. A link to an article about U.S. Evangelicals and their relationship to politics – in particular the upcoming Senate election in Alabama, where the current Republican candidate is being openly supported by Christians, despite some serious questions over his character and behavior, his history with women being the subject that has garnered the most attention. The article BTW rightly draws attention to this.

These two posts, coming right after each other as they did, struck me as rather ironic.

On the one hand we have a Christian business owner who wants to preserve his right to conduct his business according to his religious convictions. On the other hand, we have Christians who are quite happy to profess their support for a candidate with (what appears to be) some pretty serious flaws. All because he supposedly upholds Christian values, and is not a Democrat!

Do you see where I’m going with this?

I can’t help feeling that Christians shoot themselves in the foot on stuff like this. And I really do think that they end up in trouble on the first issue, because they have failed to exercise sound moral judgement on the second. They want it both ways, and they are being called on it.

It’s happening here as well. I’ve come across Christians who are loud in their support for politicians and their parties, and quite happy to ignore the obvious flaws in character, policy and ideology. Flaws that the bible clearly speaks against, and Christians just as clearly ignore. But you can’t tell them that. The blinkers are on, and they’re far too interested in catching that damn pesky gnat, while tucking into a deliciously oversized camel steak.

I think Christians are heading for a time where it will not be cool to be a disciple of Jesus. And I use the word ‘disciple’ intentionally. A follower is just that, someone who follows. A disciple is one who goes all in, lock, stock, and 2 smoking barrels! Christianity needs more disciples and less followers. And in the coming days I suspect that the strength of that discipleship will get tested.

Its going to take wisdom, discernment, integrity, and consistency. And demonstrations of hypocrisy will not help our cause. I think its our hypocrisy, and lack of consistency that have (in part at least) got us to where we are today. We need to learn the cautionary tale that is playing out in America right now, because Australia has an annoying habit of following suit. And this is definitely one suit to avoid wearing.

About andy63

Auditorium/Facilities Manager at Kennedy Baptist College. Family man, Dockers Supporter, NFL and NBA tragic who loves the Red Bull Air Race and a good meal. A Christian who is grateful for grace and forgiveness and the fact that Jesus is alive.

2 Responses to “Would you like some Moore Wedding Cake?”

  1. Thank you Andrew. You are right- and Senator Cory Bernardi hosting Milo Yiannopoulos in Adelaide under a revolting epithet emblazoned on a poster of a teenage girl is only one very example. The bakers and the florists really get me going as a lawyer and a christian as all of them have at their factual heart, the service provider reneging on a deal. How a christian can (a)make a deal and (b) take the Counsel of Proverbs Ch 6:1-5 and (c) pass through court procedures with at least two mandated conciliation steps without a conciliated result has me beat. And if they had christian legal advisors who were purporting to be true to their oath of service to the Court, that compounds it.

  2. Couldn’t agree more Andrew, and ditto Peter

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