Jesus was a baker

Posted: April 9, 2015 in Uncategorized

This blog is not intended to stir up controversy. I just want to share some thoughts on a subject that has been blowing up social media the last couple of weeks.

We’ve all been bombarded with articles about Christian bakeries refusing to bake cakes for gay weddings or pizza shops turning away catering jobs for gay weddings. It has become an us against them fight to rights. I’ve silently watched this spectacle from the sidelines and my heart is broken.

It has caused me to examine our (Christian) agenda and how these beliefs and actions line up with the actions of Jesus and the example he set for us when he walked this earth. I looked at the scriptures and examined the interaction between Jesus and people who held opposing beliefs at their initial encounter.

I looked at the story of Zacchaeus in the book of Luke. He was the despised, corrupt chief tax collector and was considered a traitor by the Jews. He was also the poster child for Jesus’ earthly mission to bring salvation to the lost.

When Zacchaeus sought out Jesus, he was still living a life of sin. Jesus did not focus on this fact. He did not see what Zacchaeus was, but saw him as he could be.  Jesus opened a door to start a relationship that led to a transformed life.

You see, Jesus did not approve of Zacchaeus’ lifestyle but he was willing to accept him where he was. Jesus knew acceptance and approval were two different things. Jesus accepted Zacchaeus where he was at, but loved him too much to see him stay there. Jesus wanted to move him in the direction of repentance.

When Jesus looked up in the tree he could have called Zacchaeus out on his sinful lifestyle. He could have refused to have a meal with him and he would have been within his rights. But Jesus was more interested in winning the war, not just the battle.

Jesus, filled with love, called Zacchaeus down from the tree and went to his house to eat with him. If Jesus would have refused to eat with Zacchaeus, he would have remained unchanged in his sin and lost for eternity. But like I stated, Jesus opened a door and Zacchaeus charged through it into heaven for eternity.

I’ve spoken to well meaning Christians who shared stories of being invited to a close gay friend’s wedding and refusing to go because they did not want to offend God. They shared with me this caused bitterness and ended the friendships. The door was not only closed, it was nailed shut forever.

They ask me what they should have done. I refer to 1 Corinthians 10:27:

 If an unbeliever invites you to a meal and you want to go,

eat whatever is put before you without raising questions of conscience.

Paul  finishes with this:

Even as I try to please everybody in every way.

For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many,

so that many may be saved.

Follow my example as I follow the example of Christ.

I want to err on the side of love. Jesus showed me love while I was still a sinner because that’s all I will ever be. He loved me, his enemy, so much he was willing to die for me and he did just that.

If I owned  a bakery and a gay couple came in and wanted a cake, what harm would there be in me baking it? Am I allowed to love these people? Will God punish me for it? Would baking this cake cost me my salvation? If I turn them away will I have an opportunity to share Jesus’ love with them?

Or could I tell them I am a Christian and I believe every word in the Bible is true but that I want to love them the way Jesus does and taught me to? Could I open a door like Jesus did?

I would not perform the ceremony but I would bake the cake.

Love opens doors

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part,but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

Jesus baked a lot of cakes. I will bake some too.

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Comments
  1. God Warrior says:

    I love you so much and the way you write and talk about Jesus. I am blessed to be related to such a true artist in the name of Christ. GOD WARRIORS UNITE!!! Now will someone please pass me the flour?;-)

  2. regener8ted says:

    Thank you for the compliment but I can’t take credit. All my talent came from my Heavenly Father. I write what he puts on my heart.

  3. Sandy Quandt says:

    Rob, as you point out, love is the key. “I would not perform the ceremony but I would bake the cake.” When we understand we are all sinners saved by grace, no big sins/little sins, maybe we’ll begin to get it right.

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