Is there anything you do not allow
We celebrate the country in which we live where freedom of religion is still a Constitutional Right. We are a privately-owned family business who believe the Bible is the infallible Word of God, and that He gave us that Word as a revelation of Who He is and His amazing love for us. (John 1:1-18) He is the beginning and end of Love (1John 4:7-10), but He is also a holy and righteous judge. (1Peter 1:15-16)
We are all sinners – simply meaning that we do not follow Him with our whole hearts – i.e we are disobedient. (Romans 3:23) And as in every other situation, disobedience must be punished. (Romans 6:23) However, the difference here is that Someone chose to take our punishment for us: Christ! (Romans 5:8) Thereby opening to those who choose to accept it, the ability to “come boldly before the throne of our Gracious God where we will find grace and help when we need it most.” (Hebrews 4:16)
But instead of that forgiveness and grace giving us license to do as we please, what pleases us begins to change to what pleases Him. (Romans 12:1-2) And therein come the Joy! (Romans 14:17)
So what does this have to do with our Rules? Our conviction, based upon the Scripture, is that a marriage is between a man and a woman.(Genesis 2:24 & 1 Timothy 1:9-11) And while we then must exclude weddings that do not conform to this, it is not because we want to exclude or judge any person, much less hate them, but because of His great Love, we must share the Truth of the Gospel. And when we grow to love Him, we want to follow Him in every way He leads. Therefore, we must say no to acts that we believe are in direct violation of the Scripture.
A famous atheist (Dawkins) said of his Christian friends, that he appreciated their perseverance in sharing the Gospel with him, because, he said, if they truly believed what they said they did, they would not be friends at all if they did not share it. In fact, they would be awful not to share it. (Most of us do not share it nearly enough!) The thing is, if the Bible is wrong, no one has anything to lose, but if the Bible is true and right, then the non-believer has sooo very much to lose. So, I am not trying to force anyone into believing or living the way I think they should, although I will say, there is no better way! But I am compelled to share the Truth. That God loves you and me, and while He has a plan for us that doesn’t always fit with what we “want” at the moment, in the end, if we knew what He knew, we would chose it every time!
Finally, I understand the fight that has been fought to win this “right” to “marry” whom you please has been difficult, and I applaud the effort – if not the goal. But it seems to me as we understand the struggle to attain this right, we would even more so respect another’s rights. Such as the freedom of religion, and therefore, not want to force one right over another. I understand if some of you could change my mind you would, and I would you, but I think it is good if we can respect the other’s beliefs and rights in the process. In a secular world and government, it is good to protect all of our Constitutional rights. Therefore, as I would not go to you and in some way try to force you not to do what you do, I would ask for the courtesy to allow me to practice my beliefs in my own private establishment – the one I believe God gave me to honor Him.
My prayer for you is Peace in your life and heart.