Why Social Conservatives Must Continue To Press on Issues of Conscience


There is a contingent of people out there who think that conservative Republican candidates should stay away from moral issues.

The problem is, as long as the other side is pushing the destruction of liberty, individual rights, and living by one’s conscience, I don’t think we have a choice.
The term “fiscal conservative” may be used to delineate someone who is about lower taxes and cutting spending, but may be more liberal on issues of morality. Of course, a fiscal conservative may also be a social conservative, and I would guess that most social conservatives are also fiscal conservatives.

But if you look around you, you will understand that the liberal left is all about moral and social issues. Christian business owners who try to abide by their consciences are demonized and ultimately ran out of business by the liberal left. Not for discriminating based on sexual preference, mind you. You see, the conversation is being depicted this way:

“Yes, I’d like to buy a cake.”
“Ok, but tell me, what is your sexual preference?”
“I’m gay.”
“Sorry, we don’t serve gays here.”

According to reports from one couple who refused to serve a cake for a gay wedding, Randy and Trish McGath served many gay people in one of Indianapolis’ hubs for homosexuals. They drew the line at participating in the confirmation of something they believed to be sinful. In other words, they acted in accordance with their conscience. If the man requesting the union cake had said, “Oh well, I guess while I’m here I’ll have a cookie,” I think they would have sold him the cookie.

Is it any wonder that Indiana is the latest hot spot in the war against religious liberty? Gov. Mike Pence is being excoriated for his unwavering support for the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which, according to the summary of the act, “Provides that a person whose exercise of religion has been substantially burdened, or is likely to be substantially burdened, by a state or local government action may assert the burden as a claim or defense in a judicial proceeding,” and, “Allows a person who asserts a burden as a claim or defense to obtain appropriate relief.” Judicial recourse is the birthright of all American citizens, with people who are scalded by hot coffee or tripping over a bike in someone else’s yard raking in sizable settlements. As the 1st Amendment provides for the free exercise of religion, and the very real prospect of being victimized by the government continues to grow (see the numerous examples in this article), is it so out-of-bounds to affirm within the state what our US Constitution already guarantees?

It is no coincidence that in most of the cases where vendors have been taken to court fro refusing to serve gay couples, it has involved gay marriage. The issue is not judgement of one’s sexual preference, it is an issue of participating in the public ceremony that celebrates and confirms a lifestyle that is immoral. This self-proclaimed “gay Christian” blogger asks, “Will business owners who refuse service to gays/ gay couples be consistent in who they won’t offer services to? ” He goes on to say,

Will Christian bakers ask parents if the child they’re baking a cake for was born out of wedlock? Because that wouldn’t line-up with Christian values. Or will they ask those buying a cake if they’ve had an impure thought recently? Or used the Lord’s name in vain? Will a Christian wedding photographer who won’t photograph a gay wedding ask the heterosexual couples they work for if they sleep together before marriage? Because that’s against the Christian faith, too.

A conversation I had on Twitter regarding a printer who refused to print invitations to a gay wedding went in part like this:

Labels and epithets. All that critics of people of conscience can come back with.

Well, what can we come back with? I like the response of Jason and David Benham, real estate moguls who had plans for an HGTV show that ended up cancelled after speaking their conscience regarding homosexuality. They offered dinner to representatives of major gay rights groups and sent gifts to HGTV execs. David is quoted as saying, “Jesus loves all people, but he does not love all ideas.”

I hope we keep men and women in the church, in government, in business, and in education that will stand courageously on principles of morality and decency. If we lose the backbone to stand, we will lose our freedom to live our lives as conscience dictates, and find ourselves compromising where no compromise was ever intended.

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