You Lose, So I Didn’t Cheat
So… I’m juxtaposing two stories.
First, I think everyone has seen the story of “The Pizza Place” in Indiana. After reporters canvassed the entire state trying to find a spec of bigotry, they came across a small pizza place where the owner said that she’d be willing to serve pizza to anyone, but wouldn’t cater a gay wedding if asked. If you check the link above, people immediately jumped to erase said pizza place from the face of the earth, and it appears that they may have succeeded.
So far in the battle of Indiana, we’ve seen zero gay marriages stopped because of a law that 20 other states and the feds have on the books. But we’ve now seen at least one Christian couple forced out of business by the forces of tolerance.
The second case concerns the former head of the Senate, Harry Reid, who says that dissembling on the Senate Floor is just politics, and that’s okay if you’re trying to win. So, it’s apparently okay to do anything to take out your opponent by any means necessary as long as you successfully take out your opponent. This is similar to the semi-famous comment from Barack Obama to John McCain not long into his first term: “I won.”
So, for the record, I’m an evangelical Christian. I believe homosexuality is a sin. I believe sex outside of marriage is a sin. I believe looking lustfully at someone is a sin. I believe that lying is a sin. I believe that worry is a sin. There’s a much longer list of things that are sins. The list of things that aren’t sin pretty much comes down to being Christ-like, and I fail at that most minutes of my waking life. And yet, I love most (but not all, and that’s a sin, too) sinners. My actions speak loudly, and they say I’m unworthy.
So… I have no opinion on either of the above that’s relevant to what most people consider the discussion. The one thing I do want to say is that it appears that there are people that will do anything to win, and the cost to the people on the losing side is irrelevant. I don’t get that. But then again, I guess I’m not supposed to.