The California State Supreme Court recently ruled against doctors who refused treatment to homosexuals. The claim is that state laws about antidiscrimination apply to all businesses, including medical practices, and doctors do not have a right to free speech nor any exemption based on religion (read full article here).
Some may say the Court is right. After all, didn’t Jesus deal with sinners, both in teaching them and healing them? Yes, He did. However, the doctors and their services were not the run-of-the-mill medical situation. They objected to artificially inseminating a lesbian.
So, what does this mean? It means freedom of religion is subject to society’s opinions. A fundamental right granted by God and the Constitution is subordinate to the latest whims of the masses. Does this strike you as completely wrong, even crazy?
If this ruling holds, and it likely will, doctors are not the only ones who religious rights will be aborted. Landlords of any kind will be forced to provide housing to those they consider to be practicing gross sin. Adoption services will have to permit homosexuals and lesbians to adopt a child. Churches and preachers will be compelled to admit perverts to be members and marry them if so requested.
The Bible describes homosexuality as a sin; vile and against nature (Rom. 1:26-28). Those who believe the Bible to be the inerrant, all-inspired Word of God must take this same position. To condone or promote it is sinful. Such wickedness needs to be exposed and rebuked, not advanced (Eph. 5:11).
What are we to do?
In the case of the doctors, they can either quit practice, move where they will not be compelled to violate their conscience, or continue in their practice and face the consequences. This same thing is basically true of all other businesses. However, when it comes to churches and preachers, it is a different story all together.
Churches and preachers will have to be civilly disobedient. There is no choice but to form congregations and carry out the work God has given (1 Tim. 3:15). Preachers have a mandate to “preach the Word” (2 Tim. 4:2). If either forms friendships with the world, they will be the enemy of God (Jas. 4:4). So, the only stand to take is one for truth and righteous, regardless of the consequences; fines or prison.
Something we can all do is put pressure on the politicians who make laws and appoint judges. We must insist on godly principles being upheld in our society. We can also educate our neighbors on the rightness or wrongness of a particular behavior like homosexuality; reason with them from the Word of God. You might even think about running for office to have a direct influence over what happens in your community, state, or nation.