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On Baking Cakes & Conscience...
Tue Dec 5, 2017 6:20pm

The New Testament is clear about situations like this. The passage where Jesus tells his disciples that if someone asks you to go a mile, you should go for two, isn't just an odd saying. It refers to the Roman law that a member of the Roman army could literally compel a citizen of Rome to carry his gear for him for a mile. Rather than refusing to support Rome, rather than worrying about how that might look to one's neighbors, Jesus told his followers to volunteer for an extra mile.

Matt 5:39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away. Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

The whole passage applies. If anyone would sue you and take away your cake, give him your pastries. Whoever compels you to bake a cake, bake them two. Give a cake to him that asks.

How hard is this, anyway?


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