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Gays can’t stay at Bed and Breakfasts or hotels?

Isn’t it judgemental to say: “Gays can’t stay at Bed and Breakfasts or hotels”.
But hasn’t that happened?

How many people have been turned away from a Bed and Breakfast for being: Greedy?

Or denied entry because they are an angry person? Yes someone can be turned away for shouting at the proprietor, but how about for living an angry life?

An angry man sitting pointing to the door: "Gays can't stay at Bed and Breakfasts or hotels!"
An angry man sitting pointing to the door: “Gays can’t stay at Bed and Breakfasts or hotels!”

So, some Christians say that Gays can’t stay at B & B’s or hotels, but greedy people can, so can angry people.

Are these ‘things’ on the same level?
Does God really see any one of these as being worse than the rest?

Some people think that Gays can be banned, I’m thinking of two cases (2008 and 2010).
John Wadham, a director at the Human Rights Commission, said the hotel was a commercial enterprise and subject to community standards, rather than private ones.

But it has been said that you have a right to choose what happens under your roof.
Well yes within reason, if it is our own private house.
But as soon as it is a Bed and Breakfast or a hotel, that makes it a place of business and so it becomes subject to community standards – whether the proprietors agree with that or not.

My thoughts on this are: If anybody wants to ban a Gay couple from a B & B then why don’t they ban a greedy person or an angry person?
(I could also add an unmarried couple onto that list – but that broadens the topic too much.)

The answer may be that greed and anger are ‘not so bad’ in some people’s eyes, well let’s quickly look at them:

Greed:

By greed I mean a desire for wealth, status, and power.
The Bible is very direct on this:

and greed, which is idolatry.”
Colossians 3:5

Yes, the desire for wealth, status, and power is idolatry, to which the Bible says:

The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: … idolatry … selfish ambition, … I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.”
Galatians 5:19-21

Anger:

There is good anger and bad anger – the former can be expressed in a good way when, for example, children were known to be in a situation where they were being abused by grown-ups and nothing was done to stop it.

Bad anger is the normal self centred reaction and Jesus puts this anger on the same level as murder!

You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgement.’ But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgement.
Matthew 5:21-22

Why do a few Christians want to point the finger at Gay people?

Are Gay people worse than greedy or angry people, or adulterers, etc, etc?

Is it right to say: “Gays can’t stay at B & B’s or hotels”?

I just don’t see Jesus excluding certain people, He was always in amongst the ordinary people, and spending time with those who didn’t attend the Temple.
He met people at where THEY were.

Jesus didn’t ‘bash’ prostitutes or swindling tax collectors, but unfortunately a few Christians seem to want to ‘bash’ Gay people.

The only time Jesus remotely went ‘bashing’ was towards the religious hypocrites, the people who promoted lots of laws but actually they themselves didn’t submit to God, nor honour Him.

On one occasion Jesus really laid into them, ‘bashed them’:

Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites!
You shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces.
You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to.
Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites!
You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when you have succeeded, you make them twice as much a child of hell as you are…
Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites!
You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin.
But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness.
You should have practised the latter, without neglecting the former.
You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel.
Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites!
You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence.
Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.
Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites!
You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean.
In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.”
Matthew 23:13-15 and 23-28

Wow, that is fierce stuff.

But Jesus was gentle, nonjudgmental and compassionate when he met and dined with prostitutes, tax gatherers and people know as ‘sinners’.

How do we match up to Jesus’ attitudes?

Peter Reason

October 2012

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