Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: SOCIAL (04/07/16)
- TITLE: Sweet Love
By M. C. Syben
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“Good morning. Welcome to Sweet Love Bakery. May I help you?”
“Oh, your shop smells good. And it’s lovely. And quaint.”
“Thank you. Is it your first time here?”
The taller gentleman looks menacing with his black hair slicked back like a gangster. “Yes, we’re from across town. We want to order a cake…a wedding cake.”
“I see. Let me show you the available selections. How many people will you be serving?”
“That’s a good question, isn’t it Terrance?” The shorter blonde looks a bit miffed. “I wanted two hundred,” he explains to me.
“We agreed on a small affair. We cut it down to seventy-five,” the tall man insists.
“Pffft. Two Hundred is reasonable. If I had my way, we’d have over three hundred. Oh, Terry, it’s our wedding, why are you so stodgy about it?”
“I am not. I’m just tired of fighting this bigoted town every inch, Richard. I won’t put our friends through it, too.”
I feel like an intruder caught in their quarrel. “Is there anything I can do to help?”
Accusingly, Terrance points to the picture of Jesus decorating the wall. “You’re going to cite the religious liberty law to deny us a wedding cake, right?”
Richard panicked. “Oh, dear. I didn’t see that. I’m sorry to put you through this again, my love.”
“Wait, Gentlemen, yes, I’m a Christian. I love to share my belief with others. After all, my creator is love and grants free will.”
“Right... if He is so loving why have three bakeries turned us down in His name?” Terrance asks.
“I’m sorry that happened to you. Jesus taught that God loves everyone even though he disapproves of their sin. So, I must love each person too if I’m to be a good Christian.”
Richard whines. “Really? Most Christians refuse to bake wedding cakes for us because they say God hates us.”
“God is love. I believe Christians must love no matter if we agree with a life style or not. It’s God’s job to judge, not mine. I have enough on my hands with this establishment.” I smile hoping I had made them feel more comfortable.
“Well, isn’t that big of you…helping us degenerates.”
Terrance has been hurt deeply. “No, sir, I meant that I am a sinner as are my family and friends. Jesus said to pray for everyone including our enemies. We are all the same. My sin is different than yours, but it is still sin. I can’t be flawless no matter how hard I try. That’s why I have a Lord who was/is perfect.”
“Terrance, she’s being kind. We should be grateful, and we are Ms., uh?”
“I’m Richard. This is my groom to be, Terrance… he’s from California and not used to the attitude about gays here.”
“Attitude? Why don’t you call it what it is? Hatred. Pure and simple hatred, and prejudice, and hypocritical judgment.”
Terrance’s face turns red and then the strangest thing happens; he bursts into laughter. “Law?” Your name is Law?”
Richard began to giggle. “That’s ironic.”
“Yes, I suppose it is,” I laugh. “But give me a break, the ultimate law is love.” I turn my “open” sign around to show “closed.” Other customers can wait.
As I pour coffee and serve a selection of cake samples, I remember 1 Corinthians 9:22. Wasn’t it Paul’s motto to “become all things to all men” that some might be saved? I’m happy to try in the best way I know, cake.
As the pair finally relax and taste test, I think of Luke 6:35 “But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.”
Terrance and Richard aren’t even my enemies or wicked; don’t they deserve respect too? Socializing with them shows me they are two affable fellows—upstanding professionals contributing to society. Understanding or approving of their sexual nature is not required of me; but, love is mandatory. I will pray for them and hope they will pray for me too.
Meanwhile, I invite them to church and plan to bake a Sweet Love wedding cake with two grooms on top. I believe Jesus will approve.
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