You must have heard about the story of Kim Davis. She is a County Clerk in Kentucky who refused to issue a marriage license to a gay couple. The intense stand-off between the clerk and the gay couple was caught on tape. This made the news item more sensationalized. As the time of this writing, Kim Davis is now in prison for standing up for her beliefs.
A difficult situation to be in
A county clerk is an elected official who does a lot of legal and political functions. One of this is issuing a marriage license. Since the time the US Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage across the fifty states, every county clerk must abide to this new ruling.
As a Christian, like Kim Davis, what would you do? What would you do now that your job can potentially go directly against your conscience?
Here are some direct quotes from Kim Davis:
“To issue a marriage license which conflicts with God’s definition of marriage, with my name affixed to the certificate, would violate my conscience. It is not a light issue for me. It is a Heaven or Hell decision. I was elected by the people to serve as the County Clerk. I intend to continue to serve the people of Rowan County, but I cannot violate my conscience.”
As a Christian, what should you do?
For the record, I don’t judge or condemn the actions of Kim Davis in any way. It is only God who can really see the heart and intention of a human being.
However, I believe the better decision Kim Davis should have done is to resign being a County Clerk. As a matter of fact, I would advise that she should have not run as a public official in the first place since this job will eventually force her to make an oath and will lead to conflict of interest. Of course, this is easier said than done. It takes a lot of faith to let go of your main source of income and trust God that He will supply your needs. This is where the principle “we live by faith, not by sight” comes in.
Being a County Clerk will inevitably bring you to a situation where your Christian belief will be challenged. I admire the courage of Kim Davis for standing up to what’s right. I admire how she handled the situation when confronting the gay couple. I admire her decision to go in jail rather than bowing her knees to the god of this world.
While I admire her courage and faith, methinks that the best solution for her predicament is to resign and find another job. If a career or job goes against your conscience, it is better to give it up and find another. If you work in a convenience store and they sell alcoholic beverages and cigarettes and it bothers your conscience, then it is wiser to go find a new job. While I can’t change the Supreme Court’s decision, I can certainly make my own decision.
Kim Davis and every Christian must understand that this world is ruled by Satan. We live in a world that is hostile to God and His ways. The United States and the whole world is set to rebel against God and it is our duty, as Christians, to stand firm. Yes, we are commanded to go by the law of the land (Romans 13:1-7), but God wants us to put His law above all other human law.
It is sad to read some Christian blogs condemning the action of Kim Davis arguing that Jesus would even issue the license if He was the county clerk. That is TOTALLY ABSURD. The truth is that, homosexual behavior is a SIN and it is one of the many sins that should be repented of.
The best thing for Christians to do now is to help homosexuals and the people in LGBTQ community to overcome their sins and lead them to repentance, rather than condemning them to hell. This is a more Christian thing to do.
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