Bake Two For Them

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Screen Shot 2015-04-04 at 11.03.31 PM39But I say to you, Do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also; 40and if anyone wants to sue you and take your coat, give your cloak as well; 41and if anyone forces you to go one mile, go also the second mile. 42Give to everyone who begs from you, and do not refuse anyone who wants to borrow from you. 43 ‘You have heard that it was said, “You shall love your neighbour and hate your enemy.” 44But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous. Matthew 5:39-45

I had completely managed to forget about Matthew 5:41  until I saw a post about it from Ten Thousand Places.  I can’t believe I’d not picked up on this, but at least I have, now.  If you are required to go a mile for a person, go the second mile.

Once again, if we don’t know history, we don’t know the importance of that passage.  Roman soldiers were required to march great distances with a very heavy back, or kit on their backs.  The marching was almost endless, when one considers the fact that the empire stretched from Britannia into Africa, from the Atlantic into Asia Minor.  It was massive.  Not only was it huge, but every inch of the way was crossed with extremely well-built roads, the likes of which are still there.  They were some of the greatest ‘super-highways’ ever constructed – and the first.

Wikipedia
Wikipedia

We have a tendency to forget, today, with our limited knowledge of history, how Rome controlled the world.  One of the rules was, when Roman soldiers were marching, they could grab someone and make them carry their backpacks, a firka, which would weigh upward of 100 pounds.

Lore & Saga
Lore & Saga

One of the things rarely discussed in today’s revisionary and lackadaisical history is the fact that, at the time, Judea was basically in a state of quasi-revolt.  There are some sources which suggest that Mary’s family were involved in revolutionary politics.  At the time, the Messiah was thought to be a military leader, who would lead the Jewish nation from its oppressors.  I suspect there were many people in Judea who were in total denial when they discovered the Messiah was a man of peace, who taught things like going the extra mile for an enemy – or relieving the man’s burdens.

Or, if someone who pretends to be a Christian is ‘forced’ to bake a wedding cake for a gay or lesbian wedding, bake them two.  Make them two pizzas instead of one.  Give them two bunches of flowers instead of two  But, unfortunately, in this all for nothing world of far right so-called Christian politics, Christ has been pushed aside.

Frankly, I don’t know why you would refuse service to anyone.  Christ is love.  They will know we are Christians by our love, not our hate.  Frankly, I don’t think people who would with-hold services to anyone who is gay, lesbian, black, white, green, short, tall, thin, or obese because they say it violates their Christian faith is a Christian at all.

Father, please forgive them.

 

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2 thoughts on “Bake Two For Them

  1. Hey, I was equally impacted by the original article, put it on my FB page, and have been involved in several discussions with my fellow conservative friends about this subject since. I thought the writer made some pretty strong points, and it really made me think.

    I would, however, caution you from falling into a similar trap from the other side. Equating those folk’s religious sensibilities with hate is a bit much. My friends who disagreed with the article are not hateful people, at all. They simply have a strong conviction based on their understanding of Scripture. It doesn’t make them hateful.

    Also, I wouldn’t venture to question their Christian faith as a result of their convictions, either. You might not think they’re acting very Christlike, but you aren’t the judge of whether or not they are Christians.

    To be frank, I don’t see too many people acting Christlike on either side of the argument these days. Me? I want to deal with log in my own eye before I worry about the speck in my brother’s.

  2. Nobody seems to be addressing what this is really all about. These are targeted test cases. Otherwise they would go to other businesses. The homosexual agenda has no tolerance for those who disagree with their life styles. The idea is to make examples out of Christians. Their targets are always Christians. They never pull the same stunts on Jewish or Muslim businesses because the courts would be more likely to uphold their religious beliefs. I am really getting sick of it. When they threaten to close down or burn down Christian businesses, it makes you wonder who is discriminating against whom.

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