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Jack Phillips returns to the lion’s den

There comes a time in the course of a Christian business where one has to chose to remain steadfast in their walk with Jesus or to conform to the world. Jack Phillips endured the lion’s den in the form of a hostile Colorado Civil Rights Commission. Jack Phillips became famous when a gay couple demanded he craft a wedding cake in celebration of their marriage. When Phillips turned down the contract, the resulting outrage led to the Supreme Court decision. Despite winning the battle in America’s highest court, the larger issue of religious liberty was kicked down the road for another day.

Now that day is at hand with a trans person demanding that Phillips craft a cake in celebration of their “transition.” Following the court ruling, predictably, Masterpiece Cakeshop was trolled with several request that go against his principles. One of them was enough enough to draw the attention of the hostile Colorado Civil Rights Commission. Jack Phillips is fighting back, with the help of the Alliance Defending Freedom, but the assault by the commission for being devout follower of Christ is a distraction from his business.

10 Now when Daniel knew that the document was signed, he entered his house (now in his roof chamber he had windows open toward Jerusalem); and he continued kneeling on his knees three times a day, praying and giving thanks before his God, as he had been doing previously. 11 Then these men came by agreement and found Daniel making petition and supplication before his God. 12 Then they approached and spoke before the king about the king’s injunction, “Did you not sign an injunction that any man who makes a petition to any god or man besides you, O king, for thirty days, is to be cast into the lions’ den?” The king replied, “The statement is true, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which may not be revoked.” 13 Then they answered and spoke before the king, “Daniel, who is one of the exiles from Judah, pays no attention to you, O king, or to the injunction which you signed, but keeps making his petition three times a day.”
14 Then, as soon as the king heard this statement, he was deeply distressed and set his mind on delivering Daniel; and even until sunset he kept exerting himself to rescue him. 15 Then these men came by agreement to the king and said to the king, “Recognize, O king, that it is a law of the Medes and Persians that no injunction or statute which the king establishes may be changed.”
Daniel was peaceably following God and was viciously persecuted in the process. Such is the same for Jack Phillips who is simply following God through his artistic talent. Christians in business will face a time when they will have to choose to be like Daniel or to conform to the world. Well done, Jack Phillips.


Raymond Fava is the Founder of Startup Christ and the founder of EcoEats, Inc. EcoEats crafts exotic jerkies using unique flavors. To see their selection, click here.


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