Those of you who read my blog here regularly know that sometimes I like to poke a little fun at Pat Robertson… not because I don’t like Pat Robertson… but because he says some goofy things sometimes (or at least presents some things very differently than I would).
Sometimes I agree with him. Sometimes I don’t.
(And for the record, I’d love to sit down and have coffee with Pat some morning… even though I don’t like coffee. Pat has done some incredible things in his life, and I’ve to pick his brain a little. So, Pat… have your people call my people and we’ll set something up).
But here, Pat is discussing the question that is coming up more and more in culture. It’s the area of inclusivism and discrimination.
The question: should a baker be forced to bake a cake and sell it to a gay couple for their wedding if the baker doesn’t agree with gay marriage or thinks that homosexuality is a sin?
One side of the argument is if the baker does not bake the cake, he/she is discriminating.
The other side of the argument is that if the baker does sell the cake that he/she is compromising their beliefs/principles.
Pat feels that the baker should be able to say no to anyone he/she wants to.
And who does he bring out as the example that we can all relate to?
That’s right… the soup nazi.
I only have a couple of problems with this analogy.
1. The soup nazi is an example from 1995. It would be nice if we had a little more current example, at least from the show Friends or Saved by the Bell: The New Class.
2. I’m not sure if you’re endearing people to your point of view by invoking the soup nazi. After all, half of his name is nazi, which doesn’t have a good connotation the last time I checked.
But in reality, in today’s culture, Christian bakers who refuse to bake a cake for a lesbian couple are actually seen exactly this way… as a ‘no cake for you’ unloving, ‘I don’t need you’ personality.
So, maybe the analogy was the perfect one, Pat.
Whether you think the baker should or should not bake the cake, the bigger problem is how Christians are viewed in society.
The ship has sailed, culture-wise, on the gay marriage issue. More and more Americans are agreeing that marriage equality should be a right. How we as Christians respond to that says much about us. It also says much about how we are perceived in the culture from this point on.
I’m not saying this is not a difficult issue for everyone to work through. It is. But let’s be sure that we don’t lose all of our voice in speaking into people’s lives because of a cake.