I have a friend who is a Christian who wrote a facebook post about how Jesus wouldn't want Christians refusing to bake cakes for weddings of gay couples. She has a lot of very nice christian friends who feel the same way she does. One still argued that Jesus would want Christians to refuse, because they would be condoning and participating in sin.
I was raised Christian, and even graduated from seminary to be a minister, but I haven't attended church for over a decade. I still consider myself a Christian, in that I follow the teachings of Jesus to love my neighbor as myself. But I don't practice any of the Christian rituals and I doubt I will ever attend church again. Still, the old theologian in me perks up whenever I hear arguments about morality from the bible and I couldn't resist responding to the argument that Jesus would want Christians to stand up for biblical marriage.
Here's my response:
the same bible that says this:
Leviticus 18:22 You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.
also says this:
Deuteronomy 22:28-29 If a man happens to meet a virgin who is not pledged to be married and rapes her and they are discovered, 29 he shall pay her father fifty shekels[a] of silver. He must marry the young woman, for he has violated her. He can never divorce her as long as he lives.
now, the argument against baking a cake for a wedding for a gay couple is that the gay couple has gay sex and helping them get married condones and even tangentially participates in their sin of having gay sex.
but who today would bake a cake for a wedding in which a rape victim is sold to her rapist by her father? who today wouldn't feel that they were condoning and participating in a horrific evil?
but see, according to god almighty, breaking a virgin is okay as long as you buy her from her father and you never return her.
because according to god, marriage is a sales transaction. a sale of a human being. a father sells his daughter to another man.
and that definition of marriage has been THE definition for MOST of the 2000 years since Christ, so, everyone who is trying to claim that modern marriage is the definition of marriage in the bible are either ignorant or in denial.
until very recently, women were the property of men, which is why they didn't need votes or their own credit cards or driver's license or education, etc, etc, etc...
everyone but crazy extremists picks and chooses which parts of the thousands of years old religion that they are going to adopt for their philosophy and worldview. some pick loving people. some pick judging people. i personally, pick loving people. just like jesus did.