Andy Stanley and Baking Cakes for Gay ‘Weddings’
Last year I warned people to be wary of Pastor Andy Stanley because of his apparent lack of confidence in the bible. His less than clear stand on homosexuality has also been a longstanding concern. Here’s yet another indication that Pastor Stanley is on the road to compromise:
“Evangelical pastor Andy Stanley leads North Point Ministries, the second largest church in the U.S. He told me he finds it “offensive that Christians would leverage faith to support the Kansas law.” He said, “Serving people we don’t see eye to eye with is the essence of Christianity. Jesus died for a world with which he didn’t see eye to eye. If a bakery doesn’t want to sell its products to a gay couple, it’s their business. Literally. But leave Jesus out of it.”
So, should a Christian baker refuse to bake cakes for gay “weddings”, fine, but don’t refuse in the name of Jesus. And should a Christian photographer decide not to take pictures of the event, well and good, but “leave Jesus out of it”.
I hope you can spot the problem with Stanly’s ethical proposition here? There is a cosmic difference between, say, baking cookies for your porn star neighbor (serving someone you don’t see eye to eye with) and driving your porn star neighbor to the set. There’s a big difference between helping your heroin addict office secretary get an appointment with a rehab counselor and driving your heroin addict office secretary to a meeting with her dealer. Love does not celebrate or participate in the self destruction of the beloved.
Christians must always act with compassion, generosity and charity toward non-Christians - there’s no debate about that. The debate, startlingly, centers on whether charity involves facilitating your neighbor’s sin. I say ‘startlingly’ because Andy Stanley is a famous evangelical pastor who should be well aware of the simple, fundamental, elementary truth that love “does not rejoice at wrongdoing” (1st Corinthians 13:6)
“Christians serve unrepentant murderers through prison ministry. So why can’t they provide a service for a same-sex marriage?”
Of course the essential service Christians render to unrepentant murderers is sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ who calls unrepentant murderers to become repentant murderers and receive the forgiveness for which he shed his blood. This service does not include taking pictures of future murders or baking cakes during the crime. Such incoherence from a new disciple is understandable. For Pastor Stanley, there is no excuse.
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