On radio this morning, Glenn read the story of a Christian couple who lost their shop after refusing to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple. TheBlaze reported the couple endured "intense scrutiny and furor among gay rights advocates that inevitably impacted business" and are now operating out of their home. Melissa Klein, one of the shop owners, took to her the store's Facebook page to address the news and critique our culture for accepting two lies. What were they?
Our culture has accepted 2 huge lies. The first is that if you disagree with someone's lifestyle, you must fear or hate them. Second is that to love someone means that you must agree with everything they believe or do. Both are nonsense. You don't have to compromise convictions to be compassionate.
"We know that's nonsense. We know it," Glenn said.
Glenn told a personal story of his divorce from his first wife and the strain it placed on his grandmother.
"When I called my grandmother and told her I was getting a divorce, she hung up on me," Glenn said. She told Glenn that she and his grandfather had tough times of their own, as all couples do, but they stayed together because it was the right thing to do.
"Now, did my grandmother hate me? No, she loved me. She didn't agree with the choice that I was about to make. But she still loved me. What am I going to do? Sue my grandmother? 'You stop making cookies, old lady. You stop sewing those pajamas for me.' No, she loved me. She disagreed with me," Glenn said.
"There's nothing wrong with disagreeing with each other. Celebrate diversity. But here's the amazing thing, [Klein] lost everything. She lost everything. And she said, you don't have to comprise convictions to be compassionate. You can still be compassionate," Glenn said.
"This is what we've been trying to say on the border. Look, I know the border is out of control," he explained. "I know what's happening. I know there are bad people getting through. I know good people are getting through too and they're being lied to. Got it. Does it mean that because we disagree with what's happening we lose our compassion? No."
*This post has been updated to reflect that Melissa Klein quoted Rick Warren in her Facebook post.