Nearly every Faith Driven Consumer is familiar with the story of Aaron and Melissa Klein, the Oregon-based “Sweet Cakes” couple who were ordered to pay a $135,000 fine and lost their bakery business after refusing—on grounds of their deeply held Christian beliefs—to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding. Last month, the couple was back in the headlines after the Associated Press reported that they had paid their fine in full, but then then had all of the money in their accounts seized by the State of Oregon just a few weeks before Christmas.
According to Todd Starnes of Fox News, Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries had confiscated all the cash in Mrs. Klein’s checking account and savings account as well as a special account set aside for their church tithe. “We had three accounts,” Klein told Starnes. “I have one account that’s labeled, ‘God’s money’ – our tithing. They just took it.”
This week, The Daily Signal released a video interview with The Kleins, in which they review Mean Tweets said about them, and talk about their personal experience with persecution. It’s definitely worth watching.
We encourage you to pray for our brother and sister as they stand for their faith and continue to face persecution and hardship. The Kleins’ experience compells all of us to ask, what are we doing to stand for our faith? How are we representing Christ in our daily lives?
Here’s one simple thing you can do right now.
Look at the money in your wallet today and consider “In God We Trust”, then carry that a step further by considering where you will spend that money, who you will do business with, and whether or not that brand is more compatible with you as a Faith Driven Consumer.
“How do I start?”
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