Answer for Christian businesses: Use a 'Terms of Service Agreement'
Today’s generation is very well-acquainted with what is known as a “Terms of Service Agreement.” In fact, people across all generations that use social media and apps, or purchase products online, know they must always “agree” to the terms of service before any services will be even be considered. They simply check the “Agree to Terms” box and proceed to do business with the company.
It’s not a mystery that all Terms of Service Agreements specifically state in one way or the other that “services” will be rendered only when the consumer “agrees” to the terms of service. People also know that the terms make it clear that the company can refuse “service” for any or no reason, even after the consumer has agreed to the terms of service. Social network companies enforce these terms all the time when they censure or delete accounts for political or social reasons.
Rather than having to make an on-the-spot determination whether to provide services to a consumer based on his intentions for the use of those services or products, it would behoove a “Christian” company that wishes not to “serve” people based on a specific behavior or action that goes against the company’s religious beliefs to deter such persons from using their services in a familiar and respectful way.
Since the vast majority of people today are very familiar with Terms of Service Agreements and how they work, Christian companies can literally spell out, in no uncertain terms, that company policy is based on their “Christian” beliefs, and that such companies will not render service that will in any way compromise those beliefs.
Since Terms of Service Agreements can be very specific, Christian companies can list examples of behaviors that offend and/or go against their religious beliefs, and how those beliefs would be compromised by providing their services related to a specific activity or legal ceremony. The terms could also state that the consumer must “agree” to respect their company’s religious “rights” before service is rendered.
Here is an example of “Terms of Service” for a “Christian” company:
These Terms of Service (“Terms”) govern both your access to and use of our services, including our free-standing locations, websites, email and social network notifications, applications, advertisements, and any information, text, graphics, photos or other materials uploaded, downloaded or delivered to our physical or web-based business locations. Your access to and use of our Services are conditioned on your acceptance of and compliance with all Terms. Services will only be rendered after agreeing to our Terms of Service.
Religious Rights Policy:
Because we are a “Christian” company, we are bound by the tenants of our faith that are based on our interpretation of the Bible. Therefore, we will not perform, provide or engage our services as a direct or indirect participant in any activity or ceremony that does not comply, by our definition, with the tenants of our faith. Please refer to the “Prohibited List” of activities or ceremonies provided in this Terms of Service Agreement. With regard to the “Prohibited List,” the company reserves the right to refuse or discontinue ongoing service to any consumer we deem as non-compliant with our Terms.
It’s really as simple as that.