From Common Ground Christian Network
We the Common Ground Christian Network affirm the dignity and value of every human being and we oppose President Obama’s July 21, 2014 executive order which seeks to limit the free exercise of religion by organizations doing business with the federal government. The order compels all federal contractors, including religious organizations, to practice “nondiscrimination” based on “sexual orientation” and “gender identity.” While designed to proscribe discrimination, the order actually sanctions it by punishing those whose faith-driven convictions the government does not approve.
The First Amendment to the Constitution, which guarantees the free exercise of religion, includes religion-based ethics in the workplace. The President’s executive order would force Christian charities and other religious groups, whose services are always extended without discrimination, to hire people whose lifestyles do not conform to the religious beliefs of the organization. This includes the historic biblical Christian teaching that sex is for marriage between husband and wife. It also violates the First Amendment’s disestablishment clause by endorsing “transgender” ideology, the assertion that individuals can reinvent their own self-perceived “gender identity,” irrespective of physical reality. Christians whose faith aligns with historic, biblical Christianity consider this ideology to be Gnostic in its elevation of mind and feelings over biology.
Read more at http://commongroundchristian.com/2014/07/23/defending-religious-charities-from-president-obamas-order/
I know this has to do with the Feds’, but even before this, the baker in Colorado that would not make a wedding cake for a gay couple, then when sued by the couple was forced by the judge to take training of some sort.
I look at this both ways, why would you want someone to make your cake if you know they object to your lifestyle, the flipside if your in business it’s not good practice to be so open about your beliefs. Just say something like my calendar is full etc.
The Lord told us to be as wise as serpents’ and harmless as doves, This is the way it’s going to be until Jesus returns.
i disagree that it’s going to be this way until Jesus returns. it could get worse. much worse.
what’s happening here is far more than the issues being discussed. when Christian churches like the PCUSA begin to react in a political way it’s simply a matter of time before tax exempt status is challenged. it probably should have already been for some Protestant denominations, just look at some of the political discussions on this website, and take a look at the tax code for charitable organizations. it sounds more and more like PCUSA, among others, is way over the line with it’s political outpourings and actions, taunting the federal government to remove tax exempt status. if/when that goes for major Christian denominations then all hell really will break loose.