Editor Sam Pollak’s recent column (March 1-2) sardonically questions people of faith who in good conscience would not provide services to same-sex couples. He cites the recently vetoed Arizona legislation that would grant this right. Pollak attaches language such as “bigot,” “hate,” “fear,” “prejudice” to those who would support such legislation.
Pollak implies religious beliefs have no place in the public square. I’m wondering, Mr. Pollak, does this view only apply to Christians? Let’s suppose Pollak, who is Jewish, owned a catering business and was approached by a known anti-Semitic group who wanted him to provide food to help them celebrate a known dictator’s birthday on April 20. According to his own standard, if he denies service, he would have to call himself a bigot. Tolerance and discrimination cut both ways, Mr. Pollak.
Mr. Pollak is right when he accurately states that the Bible has been wrongly used to discriminate against some races. But that had to do with the color of one’s skin, not aberrant lifestyles. Most Christians today, however, know that racism is wrong, not because society or political correctness dictates it, but because the Bible condemns it and teaches us to “love our neighbor.”
For many Christians, though, they deem homosexuality as abhorrent and repulsive and not condoned by the God of the Bible. Business owners who are bound by their conscience and the Word of God should have the right to stand on these principles for they can do no other.
David W. Steensma
Steensma is pastor of the Wells Bridge Baptist Church.