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To Speak or not to Speak
Perspective on the News
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Rebecca Droeger

Last Thursday, a story broke in Indianapolis about a locally-owned cookie store whose owners decided not to make a specialty order for a gay and lesbian event known as “National Coming Out Day.”  Two IUPUI college students tried to place an order for rainbow-colored cookies and were told that the store could not accommodate them.

The owners of Just Cookies cited that they do not carry the large variety of colors required to create the cookies.  When pressed further, co-owner David Stockton stated “I explained we’re a family-run business, we have two young, impressionable daughters and we thought maybe it was best not to do that.”

The local media first covered the students’ complaints with a seemingly neutral standpoint.  I say “seemingly neutral” only because even though the media presented the story by providing both points of view, the fact that the reporters thought it was newsworthy at all shows that they thought the students were treated unfairly.

Over the weekend, the story picked up steam and caused a huge controversy for the city.  Because Just Cookies is located in the City Market, the spokesperson for the Mayor of Indianapolis made a statement that the treatment of the students was unacceptable because the City Market is an “equal accommodations establishment.”

Since the students were ultimately served specialized cupcakes by a different local bakery, a local radio station decided to host its first annual “Gay Cupcake Party,” this Friday.

Now that the story is receiving so much attention, the media is sensationalizing the phenomenon by saying the IUPUI students were “refused service.”

The store owners did not refuse service to the students; they just turned down their request for a specialty order.  In America, privately owned businesses have the freedom to serve whom they want to serve.  Private citizens also have the right to vote with their feet and choose other businesses to serve their needs.

And that is the beauty of the First Amendment when we’re allowed to exercise it.  We are free to speak whatever viewpoint we hold, even if it is not popular.  However, that freedom also holds consequences.  Just like when the Dixie Chicks exercised their First Amendment right by touting that they were ashamed that President Bush was from Texas, their record sales plummeted dramatically afterwards. 

Yes, the Dixie Chicks had every right to say what they did; even if I found it in poor taste.  At the time, many of their fans agreed with me and stopped purchasing their music and attending their concerts.  The fans exercised their right to freedom of speech as well. 

Nowadays, it seems like that freedom is being whittled away more and more.  If you are not accepting of the Gay and Lesbian lifestyle, you’re likened to a racist.  You are seen as old-fashioned; or someone that was conditioned to “hate” gays and lesbians just like the previous generations before you that had a problem with integration of white and black people.

Never mind that you are exercising your religious freedom; nah, that’s hatred.  You find that lifestyle unacceptable based on Biblical teachings (Deuteronomy 23:17; 1 Kings 14:24; 1 Kings 15:12; 1 Kings 22:46; 2 Kings 23:7; 1 Corinthians 6:9; Romans 1:26-27).  Yet, if you were to quote the Scriptures pointing to your beliefs, you are seen as a hate-filled, narrow-minded, uneducated homophobe with no real basis to your belief other than “the Bible told me so.”

Plus, as Christians, speaking up about your interpretation of Doctrine is dangerous because you open yourself up for judgment.  As Christians, we’re held to a higher standard.  So, if you feel compelled to point out your brother’s sin, be prepared for your brother to point out one of your own.  Look at poor Carrie Prejean.  She voiced her opinion about gay and lesbian marriage and was immediately ridiculed for her beliefs.  She lost sponsors, support and her title as Miss California because she chose to speak up.  Then, to top it all off, a personal sex-video of her is released demonstrating that she doesn’t adhere to the family values she preaches.

The World has a vicious double-standard; and worldly people are deluded by their self-righteous arguments, “having the form of godliness by denying the power thereof.”

So, how should a Christian handle a situation like this?  It really is up to the Christian to decide based on prayer and Scripture.

Personally, I do not like to go around wielding my Scriptural Sword (Ephesians 6:17) by pointing out another brother’s sin.  It doesn’t mean I condone the sin, it just means that I would not lead by pulling out my sword and putting the other side immediately on the defense. "Him that is weak in the faith recieve ye, but not to doubtful disputations." (Romans 14:1)

Instead, I would lead with the second greatest commandment, which is like the first “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” (Matthew 22:39)  By first showing love and showing your brother you genuinely care about him, you’d be surprised at how much will be revealed to him over time. 

Allowing the Holy Spirit to work through you will lead your brother to the truth without you have to compromise sound Scriptural doctrine.  All you have to do is “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.”  (Proverbs 3:5)

So, while I applaud the business owner for his courage, I am saddened that his stand on Biblical principles could cost him his business.

About Rebecca Droeger

Last week: Liberal Education-Part 2

Email: rebecca.droeger@omegaletter.com

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