paula: No, it’s factually incorrect to state that Jesus- in person -was refused Pizza at an Indiana Gay Wedding – this did not happen.
What’s my point? Am I lying? Do I have a non-Christian agenda.? Jesus told many stories that had meanings – they are called parables.
I am trying to tell one. It is a Parable of an Indiana Gay Wedding – just like the Parable of the Good Samaritan. It does not have to be true – no names are mentioned and “but I can’t say no one gets hurt, well not physically.” Some of the story might be true, but it’s the meaning that comes out of it. Hopefully, I can produce a meaning.
A television crew and reporter visited a Pizzeria in Indiana. They were looking for a story and found one. A young woman who was part owner of the pizzeria was asked if she would serve pizza for a gay wedding. She told the reporters that it was against her religious convictions. The story went viral. The pizzeria is now protected by recently passed Indiana law and it cannot be prosecuted for discrimination. News spread and hateful phone calls followed. The pizzeria owners closed indefinitely. A conservative media outlet did a fund-raiser and donations (the majority being anonymous) raised over $800,000. Were they Christians sympathizers or was this a political movement? Investigations will follow.
Now, two lesbians were upset with the hatred shown to the pizzeria owners and they donated money and their names.
Which of these people were God-like to their neighbour? This is the tricky part because unlike the Parable of the Good Samaritan where it is clear who was neighbour to the injured man, we cannot tell the motives of the donors.
What do we know? If the donors truly had no motives only love for the pizza owners and donated with a Godly unconditional love – then they also served Jesus. We are called not to judge others.
Biblical Passage (The words of Jesus)
“I was a stranger, and you did not invite Me in; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit Me.’ 44“Then they themselves also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not take care of You?’ 45“Then He will answer them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’…
paula again: We have to ask what is meant by these words: hunger, stranger, prison etc.
Who in our society is physically hungry (street people, kids, poor), but equally who is hungry for love, for kind words, for acceptance, etc)?
Who is in prison? (Well, obviously criminals, but people imprison themselves through guilt and fear. Have we put gays in prison by our prejudice and Bible bashing?
Then the direct words of Jesus: “When you do it to ONE of the least of these, you do it to me.