My questioner came right back at me: “So you think it’s all right for the owners of a bakery to refuse to make a wedding cake for two lesbians?” I replied that I don't disagree if their decision is based on their convictions, but if they’re going to be consistent, which Christians ought to be, then they will also need to refuse to bake cakes for heterosexual couples who have been living together without benefit of marriage, to refuse to bake cakes for anyone who has a criminal history, to refuse to sell donuts to any man who has ever had lustful thoughts about a woman other than his wife, etc.
Here was my point. For a man to engage in sexual relations with another man, or for a woman to do the same thing with another woman, is sin; but so are the other things I mentioned. I think it is wrong to justify refusing service to a person who is guilty of a particular sin yet give other people a pass. But, you might argue, homosexuality is a reprehensible sin. I would counter that so is adultery. So, too, is theft. So is lying. “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and the sexually immoral, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” – Revelation 21:8. Ouch!
Jesus used a parable in which He described a Pharisee and a publican (a Jew who collected taxes for the Roman government, and who was considered by other Jews—who hated the Romans—to be no better than a traitor). The Pharisee saw the publican and said, “I thank God that I am not as other men…and especially not like this vile publican.” (I took a bit of license with his comment.) I think we Christians sometimes fall into the same trap. We “humbly” admit that, yes, we are sinners, but we're not like those other sinners! No, sir! Truth be known, that very attitude is sinful.
John wrote that “All unrighteousness is sin.” I have never been a thief--okay, there were those Hostess Cupcakes I got with the old five-finger discount from Stagge’s Market, but I was only about 10 years old, and it was only the one time!--and I have never been a drunk, but I have to admit I’ve told a few lies here and there. In fact, I’ve told some real whoppers. In God’s estimation—and His is the only opinion that counts—the fact that I am a liar condemns me just as surely as does someone else’s sin, regardless of what that sin might be. And it's why I, like every other sinner, need a Savior.
I have long been intrigued by Jesus’ response when a group of Pharisees brought to Him a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. (Someone please help me here if I'm mistaken. I was under the impression that adultery takes two people. So where was the man?) After He had shamed her accusers when He said for the one was without sin to cast the first stone, Jesus asked the woman where her accusers were. She responded that they had left. The Lord then said, “Neither do I accuse you. Go…and sin no more.” He didn’t let her off the hook completely—she was guilty of sin—but I prefer to follow the Lord’s pattern. I'm not free to excuse something God has identified as sin--none of us are--but neither am I going to pick and choose simply because another person is guilty of a sin of which I may not be guilty.