Amazing what happened. Kim Davis now finds herself in jail for contempt and refusing to obey the law. It is all a result of her lack of wisdom, and a total misrepresentation and false understanding of matters of conscience, and matters of obeying the law of the land. Her refusal to obey was based on her bias towards gay couples, and her understanding of biblical marriage. Her stand is pointless as her role as a clerk is to enforce the law. This is not a matter of religious freedom of conscience, but compliance to the law. She in effect has reaped the fruit of her senseless decision. This is not the beginnings of persecution of Christians. This is the enforcing of the law for all citizens and protecting the rights of all citizens, whether they are Christians or whether they are not. She has only herself to blame. I have little empathy for her. If she received advise from anyone, it was very poor counsel. And very unwise. Whatever her understanding of Romans 13 and the role of government and role of Christians toward government, she obviously does not comprehend it, especially the part about submitting to the government that has been instituted by God.
ROMANS 13 [The Message]
1-3 Be a good citizen. All governments are under God. Insofar as there is peace and order, it’s God’s order. So live responsibly as a citizen. If you’re irresponsible to the state, then you’re irresponsible with God, and God will hold you responsible. Duly constituted authorities are only a threat if you’re trying to get by with something. Decent citizens should have nothing to fear.
3-5 Do you want to be on good terms with the government? Be a responsible citizen and you’ll get on just fine, the government working to your advantage. But if you’re breaking the rules right and left, watch out. The police aren’t there just to be admired in their uniforms. God also has an interest in keeping order, and he uses them to do it. That’s why you must live responsibly—not just to avoid punishment but also because it’s the right way to live.
6-7 That’s also why you pay taxes—so that an orderly way of life can be maintained. Fulfill your obligations as a citizen. Pay your taxes, pay your bills, respect your leaders.
Not only has Davis forgotten Romans 13, she has forgotten the ethical conduct outlined as a requirement for living in Romans 12. In her desire to defend her faith, in a matter that does not even pertain to faith, she has ended up not living at peace with all people, and has not exemplified overcoming what she perceives as a bad situation with good. All our actions as Christians reflect out heart and deep seated beliefs, and out actions affect others. Davis’ actions, while intending to do good by denying others their fundamental legal and constitutional rights, were nothing of the kind. Her actions were not good, and neither was the outcome, and the reaping that she has now unleashed on herself. The full force of the state is now unleashed upon her. Ironically, it was all so preventable.
14-16 Bless your enemies; no cursing under your breath. Laugh with your happy friends when they’re happy; share tears when they’re down. Get along with each other; don’t be stuck-up. Make friends with nobodies; don’t be the great somebody.
17-19 Don’t hit back; discover beauty in everyone. If you’ve got it in you, get along with everybody. Don’t insist on getting even; that’s not for you to do. “I’ll do the judging,” says God. “I’ll take care of it.”
20-21 Our Scriptures tell us that if you see your enemy hungry, go buy that person lunch, or if he’s thirsty, get him a drink. Your generosity will surprise him with goodness. Don’t let evil get the best of you; get the best of evil by doing good.
Memo to Kim Davis: Do your job, or quit, or face jail for denying the rights of citizens. Your plight is NOT discrimination, or persecution, or a denial of your faith. Your actions in the name of God, is a distortion of Christian faith, for you have failed to obey the law, and the Godly authority over you (cf. Rom 13). Your stand makes a mockery of authentic faith and discriminates against people that God loves. You are doing nothing but embarrassing yourself and the body of Christ, and shaming the Gospel by your attitude and actions. Think it over Kim. Repent, and do your job, or do the honourable thing and quit.
Many of us Christians are relieved. The “law of love” has been restored in this act of justice by the courts for those who were oppressed by the misguided actions of a person who has neither understood the precepts of Scripture, nor the precepts, laws and statutes of the land she was authorized to uphold and defend for all citizens as clerk of Rowan County. As it looks like she will not rescind or back down, she could be terminated from employment for failing to comply to the standards of her job. It may be the best solution for all concerned. Either do your job, or resign. If you refuse to resign, then suffer the consequences and go to to jail and/or lose your job.
It is my fervent hope that other thinking Christians will continue to reach out to the LGBTQ and express the love and heart of Jesus and his grace for all people, and that the LGBTQ community will be gracious and receptive to those of us who try to understand them better, and who try to be more kind toward them, and express the love and grace of Christ, through both our words and our actions. May God forgive us and may the LGBTQ community forgive us for these kinds of smug, self-righteous attitudes and actions. We have so much more in common with one another than the things that divide us.