In another thread there are some who believe that Christian business owners, and those who agree with them, are not displaying the love Christ by their unwillingness to do business with homosexuals under certain circumstances. They pointed towards Jesus' public interaction with sinners as an example as to how Christians are supposed to act. Let us take a look at that, shall we? Matthew and Mark recount the same event in their gospels. I will cite Mark: Mark 2:14-17 "As He passed by, He saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting in the tax booth, and He said to him, “Follow Me!” And he got up and followed Him. And it happened that He was reclining at the table in his house, and many tax collectors and sinners were dining with Jesus and His disciples; for there were many of them, and they were following Him. When the scribes of the Pharisees saw that He was eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they said to His disciples, “Why is He eating and drinking with tax collectors and sinners?” And hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick; I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” Jesus sharing a meal with sinners was not the same as condoning or participating in their sin. Jesus ate with them because He used the opportunity to proclaim to them the gospel of the kingdom. It was out of this group that Jesus called one of His disciples, Matthew (aka Levi). Matthew gave up his sinful lifestyle and followed Jesus. In John's Gospel there is the familiar story of the woman at the well: John 4:7-26 There came a woman of Samaria to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. Therefore the Samaritan woman said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask me for a drink since I am a Samaritan woman?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.) Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” She said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with and the well is deep; where then do You get that living water? You are not greater than our father Jacob, are You, who gave us the well, and drank of it himself and his sons and his cattle?” Jesus answered and said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.” The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, so I will not be thirsty nor come all the way here to draw.” He said to her, “Go, call your husband and come here.” The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You have correctly said, ‘I have no husband’; for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; this you have said truly.” The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped in this mountain, and you people say that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, an hour is coming when neither in this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming (He who is called Christ); when that One comes, He will declare all things to us.” Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.” Jesus chose to engage this woman in conversation; a shocking thing since she was a woman and a Samaritan. Jesus spoke to her about "living water", a euphemistic description of eternal life. But further down in the passage Jesus revealed this woman's desperate need for forgiveness from her sins. He exposed her adulterous and immoral lifestyle. She had multiple husbands and was presently living in fornication. Jesus confronted her with her sin. The story concludes in verses 39-42 with many of the Samaritans coming to faith in Christ. Since no one can be saved without turning from their sin (repentance), it is reasonable to assume that Jesus exposed their sin as well. As Christians we are to follow Christ's example. We should talk to sinners -- all types of sinners. We should not fear to talk to homosexuals. We do not need to celebrate their lifestyle in order to introduce them to Christ. Now, I do not think that serving a homosexual person is celebrating their lifestyle. If a homosexual goes into a Christian-owned coffee shop and orders a latte and bagel, the shop owner is not violating his conscience nor condoning the homosexual's lifestyle by serving them. But a Christian business owner's conscience could be violated if they believed they were celebrating or condoning unbiblical behavior by baking a wedding cake or catering the wedding of a homosexual couple. One poster inferred that it would be hypocritical for a Christian baker to refuse to bake a wedding cake for a homosexual couple, yet not have any qualms about someone who was getting married because of adultery. Apples and oranges. It is quite obvious that a couple are homosexuals if the wedding is between two women or two men. The business owner does not even need to ask any questions. The head piece of the cake will give it away. But a man and a woman who are getting married may never admit that one of them recently left their spouse. And what of the double standard? If the wedding was between two satanists, would there be anyone who would criticize the Christian business person who refused to participate by offering his services? I seriously doubt it. The Christian business owner who refuses to participate in an ungodly event is not spreading hate. That same business owner may display charity towards homosexuals and adulterers alike in almost any other setting. But let him protect his conscience and even some Christians will accuse him of hate.