“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be as wily as serpents and innocent as doves. But beware of men, for they will hand you over to the courts and scourge you in their synagogues;…” (Matthew 10:16-17)
Jesus said to him: “It is written again: Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.” (Matthew 4:7)
The only thing I am more tired of that seeing Christians take it on the chin is watching Idiot Christians leading with their chin. “Ise haz to stand up fo’ de’ LAWD!”
It’s one thing, methinks, to be bold in your faith and beliefs when you are pushed to the edge, and to do so with quiet dignity. It’s another thing, though, to seek trouble, especially when it arises from a gross misunderstanding of scripture and teaching of the church. I chose these verses to make my point, as well, so that they were the words of Jesus himself, and I could not be accused of “Paulianity” as so often happens. I’ve also used scripture instead of the words of church fathers so that more biblically literal protestants might take them to heart.
I’ve sufficient grey in my beard where I can speak from experience; in addition to this I am a case study of the man liberal at 20 and conservative at 40. I’ve been in business for myself, and never in my life have I ever served anyone I didn’t want to serve, and that includes “Protected Classes.” I didn’t want to be known as the ghetto landscaper. I didn’t want to be known as the gay bar computer company. I’ve avoided serving white supremacists, abortionists, Muslims, Hindus, lawyers, and yes, even churches as the latter became well known to me for agreeing to service and price, and then trying to plead poverty and charity when the work was done to guilt you into a freebie. I just don’t like Muslims, Hindus want to argue every damn point with you, and lawyers are the stingiest, nit-pickiest, fuck-paying-my-bill types I ever knew.
And from my days as a hippy I learned plausible deniability, subversion, passive-aggressive malicious compliance and how to make someone refuse to do business with you and make them think it was their idea. Not to mention how to provoke an incident so you can throw them out of your shop and make it look like their fault.
Jesus warned us in the first verses that your enemies are out to destroy you, and I don’t think I need to belabor this point. The idea that so many of these incidents occur with cameras and reporters handy to make an issue of it by sheer chance is idiocy. Gay activists are out to get you, to make an example of you, and intimidate you into complying with their demands, or else. You must see the traps and learn to avoid them, and to do so gently. Some may not be comfortable with many of the tactics and suggestions I put forth in this series – I don’t belief dishonest questions deserve honest answers or bad faith must be dealt with the same as someone approaching you in good faith – but if you’re uncomfortable lying, well, they don’t deserve any answer at all. If people are determined to set a trap for you and shriek “DISCWIMINATION!” you’re a fool to feed them ammunition.
Matthew 4:7 deals with people who think “God will protect me.” Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. Preservation in danger is divinely pledged: shall you then create danger, either to put the promised security skeptically to the proof, or wantonly to demand a display of it? That is the very dictionary definition of ‘to tempt the Lord my God,’ which, being expressly forbidden, then forfeits any right to expect preservation. You want to be a martyr? God will let you. Have fun answering your family’s questions of where you get to sleep, or if today is one of the days you get to have some food. That becomes YOUR fault for tempting the Lord your God.
Avoid trouble, don’t lead with your chin, don’t ask for a confrontation, don’t tempt God, because he looks out for people who help themselves. Stop being stupid. The words of JESUS CHRIST. Not Paul, or Peter, or James, or anyone else. Jesus says so.
Now, I know that I’m not going to reach everyone.
I know right now there are people out there reading this, shaking their head, digging their feet in, saying, “No, no, lawzy lawzy, Ise haz to stand up fo’ de’LAWD! Praise JEEZIS! He will protect me! (Cue cherry picked barrage of scripture.)”
Fine. Whatever. Go ahead, if you think that you’re going to be another Memories Pizza and that the Soshul Justiss Warrierz aren’t going to get the army of poo-flinging internet monkeys to shut down efforts to bail you out, that “De LAWD!(tm)” is going to drop just what you need on you as you tempt him, roll those dice. If you feel lucky – go for it. I can’t stop you, and I can’t help you. Roll the dice. Tempt God. Put him to the test just like he says “Thou Shalt Not” do, and don’t expect anything from be but a “How’d that work for ya? Told ya so.” I wash my hands of you.
If you’re not that person, watch this space.