I read this morning that Disney is threatening to boycott the state of Georgia if they pass The Free Exercise Protection Act. This is a bill that provides protection to faith based businesses and groups that refuse services that violate their religious beliefs. Critics refer to it as an anti-gay bill. When I first read this I thought to myself: if Disney wants to discriminate against an entire state in the name of tolerance, they have every right to do so, just as the baker and the wedding photographer have every right to pick and choose their clients. But that got me thinking. So often in our society today, especially with this issue, why is it that person B is expected to modify their behavior and make any accommodation for person A, while person A is not expected to modify anything or make any accommodation for person B? Add to this that person B is a Bible believing Christian and person A represents any secular, unbiblical agenda in our society today. This is a growing reality for believers, but we should not be surprised. Why did Paul speak against homosexuality, prostitution, adultery, and other sexual immorality? It’s because in Roman and Greek society those things were perfectly acceptable. Christians in the first century were not persecuted because they were trying to force their beliefs on others. They were persecuted because they wanted to be different. They wanted to be disciples of Jesus Christ, living lives of holiness in accordance with God’s will. Add to this their message of the Gospel that exposed the sin and depravity of society and offered people an alternative to hollow, man-made solutions, and their presence became intolerable. This same intolerance will grow today and in time will become outright persecution. However, as it has throughout history, this will be the refining fire that revives Christ’s church and fuels the message of His death, resurrection, and redemption from sin – the only hope for our world.
Adam Davis, Senior Pastor FBC Archer City, TX