But recently he discouraged people from visiting Indiana because of a historic “religious freedom” law. The law basically protects individuals from the government infringing upon their religious rights.
Opponents say it allows religious businesses to refuse services to same-sex couples – legal discrimination, if you will. Tim Cook and Hillary Clinton are among national figures that have publicly disapproved of the law.
As a 22-year-old, politically confused, born-again Christian, I am extremely perplexed by the necessity of this law. Why do Christian businesses need legal protection in case they do not want to serve same-sex couples?
Shouldn’t they want to serve these couples?
Ignore the fact that business is business – whether you are Christian or not. A business is out to make money, and I can’t really see a Christian business owner refusing revenue from a customer.
But if a Christian business does ignore a same-sex couple because they violate their religious beliefs, doesn’t this also violate Christ’s beliefs?
Ignoring same-sex couples is hateful, ignorant and Pharisee-esque – whether you are in public, at church or in a business. In Indiana, it is unfortunately a little easier to do so. But instead of businesses deciding who is worthy of their services, Christian entrepreneurs should open their doors to all people – gay, straight, rich, poor, cash-only or card-only.
They have a unique opportunity to share Christ with their customers. After all, everyone in America is a consumer, and the people popping in a Christian store might never set foot in a church. Refusing people a service is refusing their basic human rights and does nothing to further the kingdom of Heaven – even if it is legal in the Crossroads of America.
Christ loved and served everyone and commands us to do the same – not hide behind a legal wall of protection, deciding who is clean and unclean or worthy of the same products as every other Hoosier.
Jared Huhta is a senior history education major. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. This column reflects the views of the writer only.