Jack Phillips is a devout Christian who lives his faith. He also operates his business, Masterpiece Cakeshop, by the principles of his Christian faith. Located in Lakewood, Colorado, a suburb of Denver, Phillips operates his bakery in an ever growing liberal and hostile area. Don’t forget that Denver is the hot bed for Colorado’s liberal Democrats who enacted strict gun control and green laws that have caused the state lose a number of businesses and jobs.
In 2012, Phillips was approached by a homosexual couple and asked to make a wedding cake for them. Same-sex marriages are not legal in Colorado, but the couple married in Massachusetts and then wanted to hold a wedding reception back in Colorado.
Phillips politely declined the request because of his Christian faith and knowing that the Bible condemns homosexuality as a serious sin against God. Like most of the liberal homosexuals, they refuse to accept the fact that other people believe differently than they do, so they filed a lawsuit against Phillips based on Colorado law that says a business cannot refuse to serve customers based upon their sexual orientation.
Phillips claims that he was exercising his First Amendment rights of free speech and the freedom to practice his religion. However, a Colorado court disagreed and ruled in favor of the same-sex couple. Phillips and his attorney appealed the ruling and the case went before the Colorado Civil Rights Commission.
The seven member board of the commission unanimously ruled against Phillips and ordered him to cater to homosexual customers or pay a harsh fine and possible jail time. After the ruling, Phillips told reporters:
“I will stand by my convictions until somebody shuts me down.”
His attorney said they are considering filing an appeal with the Colorado Court of Appeals, but that decision has yet to be made. In the meantime, Phillips is standing by God’s law over man’s law, even if it costs him his business and livelihood.
Phillips has received a great deal of support from the conservative community, but that support most likely won’t be enough to help him keep his business open. I applaud him for standing up for his faith in the face of such adversity. Sadly today, too many Christians cave into the demands of their enemies instead of standing up for Jesus.
Reading about Jack Phillips reminds me of Matthew 19:16-22:
“And behold, a man came up to him, saying, ‘Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?’ And he said to him, ‘Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments.’ He said to him, ‘Which ones?’ And Jesus said, ‘You shall not murder, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ The young man said to him, ‘All these I have kept. What do I still lack?’ Jesus said to him, ‘If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.’ When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.”
Jack Phillips is willing to give it all up for Christ, are you? How many of you would risk everything for the sake of Christ? It’s easy to say you will but when faced with losing your business, livelihood, possibly everything you own and possible jail time, will you really stand up and proclaim the name of Jesus? The way our country is deteriorating, we may soon be faced with that decision. How strong is your faith?