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Persecution is Back

Persecution coming to America. Photo: Karl Schultz/Flickr/Creative Commons

Persecution coming to America. Photo: Karl Schultz/Flickr/Creative Commons

Recently, a man ordered a birthday cake for his child’s birthday, and then he cancelled the order. That’s what we know for sure. But this cake cancelling has stirred up trouble around the world.

With the cancellation, someone sent a note to the bakery:

“Hey actually were going to order our cake somewhere else my husband just found out your Muslim. And I’m not against it but he is because he was in Iraq fighting for our country against your people. He even changed his new doctor because the new one he was referred to was Muslim and he just said somethings and said he doesn’t feel comfortable having you make our cake. I’m so sorry.”

I suspect a set up, what we used to call throwing a bomb into a quiet room. One person wrote about the motives of another person, and the original source was never quoted directly, which prevents legal follow up. I think someone was careful.

Now the story is a platform for anyone, including me, who wants to make a point loosely related to the original cake cancellation. One writer went into Muslim owned bakeries in the U.S. and secretly filmed the staff refusing to prepare a gay wedding cake.

You probably know that a Christian couple in Oregon was punished severely for refusing to prepare a wedding cake for a gay couple. Apparently Muslim bakers can refuse with no consequences, and somehow this is all related to the original story.

Who would order a wedding cake from someone who disagrees with them, and then serve that cake to all their friends and supporters at their wedding?

A few extra ingredients could make a whole new story. Of course the gay couple in Oregon trusted the Christians to act with integrity, and leave out the castor oil. Christian honesty ensured the outcome.

Welcome to the Internet in the twenty first century; some news stories are just an invitation to argue, and the argument is the news. Since we are all human, we fail often, and those failures fill the internet with entertaining videos and outraged discussion. The only thing missing is the truth.

Here is some truth we can see in Internet discussions and forums; people are mean and unreasonable. We hurt, lie, exaggerate, and deny like the fallen creatures we are. The Bible told us thousands of years ago that there is no right side, when we look at the big picture:

“Sin came into the world through one man, and his sin brought death with it. As a result, death has spread to the whole human race because everyone has sinned.” (Romans 5:12)

It is also true that discrimination and persecution are changing with the Internet. Now we don’t see skin colour or hear an accent; we learn ideas.

Offensive and cruel behaviour is now directed at ideas, and there is one direct result; religious persecution. Every Christian should know that religion as an idea is now opposed everywhere. This ancient truth has also emerged through the Internet:

“In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” (2 Timothy 2:12).

Fortunately, there is something higher than human imagination and its constructed logic:

“For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” (Psalm 100:2)

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