Alright, since everyone’s up in arms about this new Arizona legislation thing, I’m going to give some wisdom my Godly mother gave me. So here is what I believe the Christian view should be:
Romans 12:20, 21 says
On the contrary:
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Now I’m not saying that someone’s sexual orientation makes them an “enemy”. Where I want to focus in this verse is where the writer (Paul) mentions that we are supposed to care for our “enemy”. Jesus tells us that we (Christians) will be known by how we love and even commands us to love as He loved (John 13:34-35).
Now regardless of whether we, as Christians, view living a homosexual lifestyle* as sinful, it shouldn’t make a difference in how we treat people. We should love people because they’re children of God, and that is where their equal, inherent and unchanging value comes from. For those of us that do view living the homosexual lifestyle as sinful, we must recognize that we are all sinners (Romans 3:23, Isaiah 56:3), and that this doesn’t give us a right not to love these people or provide “food” or “drink” for them.
Now, there is a difference between supporting a cause and loving the people. If we do not support the living of the homosexual lifestyle then that doesn’t mean we should stop loving the people living that lifestyle. Christians should not “support” the homosexual lifestyle by fueling it or saying it isn’t sin (and they definitely should NOT judge those people or preach hate towards them), but we should “support” the people with love and service, whether that is hiring them for work or supplying them with food. We should be overcoming evil (judgment, hate between Christians and the LGBTQ community, etc.) with good (love).
Now in regard to the original thing that sparked this whole law, I don’t know all the details. A gay couple wanted a religious photographer to photograph their wedding, and when he turned them down (since he disagreed with the lifestyle) they sued him. I don’t know how far along the process was, whether the photographer had already signed a contract to work or not. If he had, then he would have no right to back out, but if he hadn’t, then it seems pointless for the gay couple to sue. Would they really want someone who opposed their marriage to be photographing it?
Christianity is the only religion that teaches loving ones enemies and praying for those that persecute us (Matthew 5:43-48). So if the LGBTQ community hates us or not, we should be loving them in action (1 John 3:18).
*the Bible never condemns homosexuality (i.e. same-sex attraction), it condemns the lifestyle (i.e. pursuing same-sex relations). This means that being gay is not a sin, but living the lifestyle is because it is not God’s original plan for sexuality.
Why is the moth attracted to light?
When this fervor often ends its fluttering life
As it sails into blaze with no other goal
And only ashes remain of it’s now consumed soul
Does it seek to find solace within the wax and the wane
Of the brilliant dance of the wavering flame?
Or perhaps it seeks shadow to cast far beyond
To make a god the growing outline which it would have spawned
They say a candle illumines as well as a star
And can be seen from eternity wherever you are
One light in the darkness brings a million eyes
Yet only the moth braves it’s likely demise
And perhaps the truth is its sole true desire
And this they will pursue into even the fire
And to risk life itself to search for the light
Is the goal most worthy of the moth fast in flight.