In light of the controversy surrounding the governor and legislators of Indiana it is important on this Maundy Thursday to say what the “Maundy” in Maundy Thursday means; it means “command.” Jesus gave his followers a new command to love one another. I believe that even if the RIFRA law was not intended to discriminate against people with whom businesses have religious differences, it could easily be misinterpreted to make business owners think they could use their religion as an excuse to refuse service and discriminate. (i.e. the Walkerton Pizzeria)
As Christians we serve – period. Even when we may have personal bias, and who doesn’t, we still serve. That is the command to love. We do not win hearts and minds to Jesus and the Way by refusing to serve others. That is not the moral high ground – that’s the gutter. Even conservative Christians get this. I think what is going on is the Law of Unintended Consequences. The law was written when there was no real need for the law. Laws that are redundant can backfire as this one did. Social media exaggerated the law (you should read it) but the real question was, why was it needed?
As Christians we are here to serve not be served and that is the bottom line. A new command is in place for us. We love as we have been loved. John 13:34, “So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. 35 Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”