Last week, the most compelling thing I read was a letter from besieged Washington state florist Baronelle Stutzman, quoted in full by First Things in a post called “Stand with Baronelle Stutzman.” Stutzman refused to provide flowers for a longtime customer’s same-sex wedding, and is now facing the potential loss of her livelihood and home to a discrimination lawsuit filed by the Washington attorney general.
The letter is worth reading. Stutzman clearly and courageously refuses an offer to settle the lawsuit:
Washington’s constitution guarantees us “freedom of conscience in all matters of religious sentiment.” I cannot sell that precious freedom. You are asking me to walk in the way of a well-known betrayer, one who sold something of infinite worth for 30 pieces of silver. That is something I will not do.
First Things writer Andrew Walker urges us all to stand with Baronelle if we value a free society. He also says, “The gay rights lobby in America has had much success, but it is overreaching.” Personally, I’m not sure that its reach will exceed its grasp. And in a country and a world that is increasingly hostile to traditional Christian morality, I feel almost certain that the time will come when each of us will not be asked to stand with Baronelle and like-minded believers on the Internet, but on our own two feet alongside Christ on our personal Calvary.