Drunkeness, Weddings and Taking Part in Sin

When faced with the question of baking a cake for the wedding of two women, some Christian bakers have refused.  They cite their Christian faith, arguing that they cannot take part in something God has condemned.  Others argue you should not even attend a gay wedding.

A ton of questions flurry around this – should they be fined?  Is this infringing on their religious freedom?  Bring this topic up at a holiday picnic and watch the sparks fly.

I was at a wedding a few weeks back.  It was a wonderful time seeing two great people, one a former student, commit their lives to each other.  Like many weddings, this one had an open bar and the beer, wine and mixed drinks flowed freely.

I couldn’t help but think of some of the controversy with gay weddings and wonder if these bakers have denied their services to weddings that had open bars?  After all, here is just a sampling of what the Bible says about drunkeness:

And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, – Ephasians 5:18

Envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. – Galatians 5:21

Nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. – 1 Corinthians 6:10

Be not among drunkards or among gluttonous eaters of meat, for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and slumber will clothe them with rags. – Proverbs 23:20-21

Whoredom, wine, and new wine, which take away the understanding. – Hosea 4:11

But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one. – 1 Corinthians 5:11

Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy. – Romans 13:13

This is just a sampling, there are many more that speak of drunkenness negatively (though there are many that speak positively of drinking alcohol too).  From this I gather that to be consistent, if you truly did not want to take part in sin, you would have to refuse to bake a cake or attend any wedding that served alcohol.  Or, on the other hand, if you’ve baked cakes for those weddings, just bake the cake for the lesbian one too.


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