I’ve been following the case of the lesbian couple that went after “Sweet Cakes by Melissa” and sued them for 135,000.00.
It is now being reported that the agency that ordered the payment is now going to seize their assets as the couple (the Klein’s) are refusing to pay or follow the options given them.
In order to pay the $135,000, the Klein’s were given two options: obtain a bond or an irrevocable line of credit, which would guarantee their obligations to the Bowman-Cryers unless the Klein’s won their case.
The Klein’s didn’t win their case. The Kleins’ attorneys asked the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries to issue a stay, which is a legal process that would have put the damages payment on hold until their appeals ruling comes out.
(The Klein’s filed a petition for review with the Oregon Court of Appeals in July, after the final order came out.)
The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries denied their request for a stay.
Let me add that this couple has been able to raise – through public donation – nearly $500,000.00…..MORE than enough to pay this fine….leaving them approximately 350,000.00 (even after the 7,000.00 fee for the bond).
The Klein’s claim they have legal and personal reasons for not complying with the order.
This wedding cake has now become a very expensive one, and one the Klein’s won’t get paid for, but instead have to pay for….dearly.
It appears to me – quite clearly the Lord has provided for them to pay this fine….and then blessed them with much more. Is what they are doing – withholding payment – something Jesus would approve of?
I picture Jesus having a bakery, and a lesbian couple walking in seeking a cake for their wedding – whether with maliciousness in their hearts or not. I think Jesus would have served that cake, and sat down with them and gave them TRUTH about what they were doing, leaving them walking out of His shop convicted in their hearts – questioning whether or not they were making the right decision. He would have extended LOVE to them, just as he did the whore at the well.
The Klein’s did not do this. They instead decided to place personal judgment – in the name of Christ – on this couple. This is a common mistake among well-meaning Christians. It makes us appear as judgmental, full of hate and bigotry. Greatly misunderstood of course, but nonetheless – this is often the mistake that Christians make.
Matthew 5: Go the Second Mile
38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39 But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. 40 If anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let him have your cloak also. 41 And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two. 42 Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away.
The heart is deceitful above all things – and the church today is so deceived they cannot see outside of it. They believe they should be fighting government and laws, and rules for the sanctity of the church here in America. Do we honestly believe God’s first priority in the world is saving the Constitution in this nation? Do you believe His first priority is upholding America and its laws when we’ve turned our backs on Him? Do you believe He seriously dreads the thought of America falling – when we, as a nation, have done nothing but deceive and corrupt the world? When our churches are so deceived that they commit idolatry every day in this nation by creating their own gods through vanity and selfishness? I think not.
Jesus tells us to love God first, and to love our neighbor as we do ourselves.
Jesus tells us to render unto Ceasar what is Ceasar’s.
Jesus tells us to be meek, lowly, gentle.
Jesus tells us to be blameless before men.
Jesus tells us to follow the laws of our kings, unless it causes us to sin. Serving a cake to a gay couple does not cause us to sin. If we support their marriage IN OUR HEARTS – yes – that is sin….but serving them a cake because that is our service that we provide does not cause us to sin.
I’m scared for the Christians in this nation. I see them fighting and rebelling all the changes going on in this nation and the world. Don’t they know God told us these days were coming? Don’t they know that we need – as a church – to rise above our feelings of fear of losing our nation, of losing our freedoms – to trust in God and the Holy Spirit to guide and lead us?
Man has ALWAYS made the mistake of believing he can control the things of this world, and I see the Christians in this nation falling into the same trap. They trust in self more than God.
We are fighting against abortion, and persecution, and fighting for our “freedoms”….never once seeing that we are already free – no matter what the government hands us. Did Paul in his day fight over the laws of the Romans – or did he seek to reach the lost? In EVERYTHING he did?
American church – we MUST learn how to be about our father’s business, and not be distracted in our emotions, our fears of loss. Make sure whatever stand you take, that it’s God’s will, and not a distraction from Satan coming from a deceived heart.
And a personal message to the Klein’s: pay the fine. Wash your hands of the mess. Stop bringing MORE trouble on your own heads. IT’S MONEY. Let God deal with the people involved in this injustice – it’s not your place to handle it. No, we aren’t to be doormats, but when do we stop being rebels full of destruction – even self-destruction?
Mark 13: 9 “But watch out for yourselves, for they will deliver you up to councils, and you will be beaten in the synagogues. You will be brought before rulers and kings for My sake, for a testimony to them. 10 And the gospel must first be preached to all the nations. 11 But when they arrest you and deliver you up, do not worry beforehand, or premeditate what you will speak. But whatever is given you in that hour, speak that; for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit.
Peace to you all, today and every day.