It has become the norm to have people talk big until the pain starts. Not that I feel that I would be any stronger, but when our faith costs us, that is when we see how strong it is really. Most of the time, when we are fined or jailed, we change our tune.
It seems that the opposite is true with one couple in Illinois. The couple owns a bed and breakfast that also hosts events. And even though their website clearly states that they are Christian owned, two sodomites tried to have their “civil union” there.
Christian News reports
Timber Creek Bed and Breakfast in Paxton, Illinois is “an upscale Christian country bed and breakfast,” according to its website, and is situated in the midst of a small farming community. Owners Jim and Beth Walder also host church retreats, baby and bridal showers, business meetings and other events at the facility.
In 2011, Todd Wathen contacted Timber Creek via email to inquire if the bed and breakfast would be hosting civil union ceremonies after Illinois approved the unions that year via the “Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act.” Jim Walder replied that the facility had no such plans, and advised Wathen that “homosexuality is immoral and unnatural,” and that “it’s not too late to change your behavior.”
Of course, by now we know how this was going to end. But, there is something to be said about Jim’s conviction. This, I think we can all learn from what he chose to do. Though at first, the words Jim used seem rough and hard, they are mingled with something else. If we realize that Jim not only lost money in this exchange, he also placed himself in legal danger. But why?
Well, it seems that Jim and Beth love Todd and Mark enough to set his personal losses aside so they will hear the truth. And even after losing the case to the sum of $80,000, Jim has not stopped.
Christian News continued
TimberCreek’s website further outlines that the Walders hold no malice toward those who identify as homosexuals, but that they cannot be personal participants and facilitators of other men’s sins.
“It is not an issue of fairness or equality, but an issue of right and wrong. We cannot be part of what God condemns,” it states. “Be assured that we are not lawless, hateful, judgmental, bigoted, or activists by any definition. We did not initiate the present controversy. We are not the ones who voted to change the 6,000-year-old definition of marriage. We are just small business owners trying to be consistent in following God’s word and living it out practically in our lives.”
May God grant this couple the grace and courage to continue to stand. May He also place it in the hearts of others to help them continue this fight.