"In the aftermath of the Holocaust, courageous Christian leader Basilea Schlink rebuked the silence of Christians immediately after Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, when Nazis set synagogues on fire and vandalized Jewish places of business, also killing and beating some Jewish victims as well. And while I am not comparing gay activists and their allies to Nazis, and I am not comparing the court ruling to Kristallnacht, I am comparing the silence of Christians then and now." -- Dr. Michael Brown
What???? I think Dr. Brown has watched too many speeches from his new Messiah, Mr. Trump. You do not get to compare two things as blatantly as he just did and then say, "But I am not comparing them." YES YOU ARE. The silence of Christians as you put it, that you admit to comparing, is in direct relation to what they are silent about! Dr. Michael Brown has lost his mind when it comes to this country. He has just compared the Kristallnacht to a 9-0 verdict affirming laws that were already on the books. Beloved do not miss this point. There are laws that are undeniably specific on the books in Washington and other states. The time to dissent has passed. If you wish to see them repealed there are measures to be taken including voting in people who you feel would undertake that. Short of that however, you cannot just decide to not adhere to the law. That is what makes someone a criminal. The State of Washington has decided that a place of business may not deny their services to someone based upon who they are. Those same laws that protect people you may disagree with today will protect Christians tomorrow. Dr. Brown and the people who ascribe to this form of dominionism fail to realize that they do not live in a Christian theocracy.
Those are all secular arguments though. They are carnal and while they have merit, the true issue here is always spiritual. Beloved we are not charged with saving this country. We are not charged with conforming the culture. We are not charged with preparing this fallen world for Christ. He will come back as King and Judge. Out effect on culture is not felt in the ballot box, where we place our hopes in people who are just as much on the outside as everyone else. The effect is supposed to come from our lives. Our charge is the Gospel because only the Gospel can save someone. What Dr. Michael Brown is advocating for is ridiculous. He wants Christian leaders to point their fingers at people who cannot see and blame them for their own blindness. I feel very badly for Barronelle Stutzman today. I feel bad that she may lose her business. I feel worse though that someone taught her that this was a righteous stand when it is not. That she thought her Christian duty was not the Gospel but rather to apply the moral standard of the law that Christ saved her from to other people who are already under that law. The Bible says that you are either gathering people to Jesus or scattering them away. There is no way this gathers anyone to Christ. No way at all. Well what are we supposed to do preacher? Just let them walk all over us?
"You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.' But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you. -- Matthew 5: 38-42 (ESV)
Ouch. If someone sues you, let him have even more than he is asking for. Beloved, the Bible is not easy to live. I get that. We are held to a higher standard. It is far easier to be the religious zealot who crosses to the other side of the street than it is to be the Good Samaritan. It is easier to be the other son angry at having everything with the Father than the prodigal, having to humble oneself and come home. It is easier being the publican who views himself in relation to God than the tax collector who cannot even lift his head to gaze up to God for knowing who he is. Dr. Brown bemoaned Christians not taking a stand so I will capitulate. I take a stand against this kind of false teaching that results in grandmothers losing their businesses because they have believed in vain that Jesus Christ is about who He wouldn't serve.
Reverend Anthony Wade -- February 17, 2017