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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14 thoughts on “If I were Kim Davis: What should be the Christian Thing to Do?”
As Christians, we need to remember is that unbelievers are not called to the same standards. Jesus never forced anyone to follow Him. We do not enforce our beliefs upon them; and thus we cannot require them to live by our standards.
Thanks for bringing that up. I agree with your point. It is undeniable that if you want to follow God, be ready to live up according to a higher standard of morality.
And therein lies the rub. You mentioned Romans 13 1-7 then immediately negated what it said. This is one of the reasons non-believers have no respect for religion because Christians don’t even respect it. Christ said nothing of same-sex marriage but he was very explicit about many other things they avoid because it’s too uncomfy.
Romans 13 talks about obeying the law of the land, but not to the point that you disobey God’s ultimate law in the process. Just like what the apostles said, “We ought to obey God, rather than men” (Acts 5:29). Take for example Daniel. When the law of the land demanded that they should not pray other than the pagan god, he did not compromise, but rather continued praying to the One, True God. The same goes to his three friends who refused to bow down to the image set by the Babylonian king.
Another good article on the topic by Albert Mohler http://www.albertmohler.com/2015/09/03/in-this-world-you-will-have-trouble-welcome-to-rowan-county/
Thanks for the link, Michael.
Joshua, your logic is not working for me, People normally enter the workforce doing something they enjoy and sharing the gifts they have been given. Whether a baker, a photographer, wedding planner, athlete, a politician or government worker…as the ‘morals’ of the world change, the faith of the Christian doesn’t. To say that a Christian should not enter into any job that could compete with their faith is what the unbeliever desires. The whole purpose of the homosexual or any godless agenda is to silence the opposition….to keep the sharing of our faith outside of the public square. How do you share….sin, repentance, forgiveness and salvation….inside the confines of a church building and still be ‘salt and light’? We only have freedom of speech and religion because of those who came before us who were willing to stand firm because of their religious ‘conscience’……………The Peace of the Lord be with you.
Thanks for your comment. You’re right to say that we have to be a salt and light to the world. It really takes a whole lot of wisdom and help from God to know His will for us. At the end of the day, God knows our heart and the motivation behind our actions. So it is really a personal choice. For me, sometimes, we can’t expect other unconverted people to act according to the same moral standards we live up to as Christians. That’s the reason we need to put God and His work as our priority. So in case, using godly wisdom, you see a career path will eventually go against your Christian principle, then it is wiser not to go that path anymore. That’s my take on this. God bless you.
It’s amazing how something supposedly so “loving” and “accepting” teaches and accepts discrimination and non-acceptance. That’s the reason why I denounced religion of all kinds. Even Christians are divided on topics such as homosexuality. If there is a God, he does a very poor job at uniting his “children”. I believe in love and acceptance of everyone. If I have to be a non-believer to do that, so be it.
I respect your opinion. For me, the problem lies to the people, not to God. We must understand that majority of Christian denominations have been mixed with pagan beliefs and personal prejudice. Some people read the Bible and just pick those that work for them. So it has become a religion of convenience, rather than a religion founded on the truth that God revealed in the Bible. Therefore, it is no wonder that even Christian denominations don’t agree with each other. But we must realize that pure and undefiled religion of God will unite people.
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People pick what works best for them because the Bible is so confusing and hypocritical that it’s impossible to live up to it. It’s nothing more than an outdated manuscript written by men that wanted to use fear to control people. I’m not trying to make people non-believers, nor am I attempting to make anyone question their faith. I just don’t get the “I’m a Christian, but I dislike you” mentality. As I said before, if loving and accepting everyone means that I have to be a non-believer, then so be it. You do make a good point for believers though.
I agree with you that it’s impossible to PERFECTLY live up with the teachings of the Bible. As a matter of fact, as long as we are humans, we will never be perfect in keeping the law of God. Thus, we are not saved by works, but by the grace of God. It is an unmerited favor from God. Salvation is a gift and it is not something that we earn. As this might be the case, it is equally true as well that we cannot inherit eternal life without works. Our belief and faith in God is reflected in our works. Faith without works is dead. So thinking that it is impossible to keep God’s commandment does not excuse anyone from keeping it. Again, the problem lies in people, not in God. There are a lot of people who claim to be Christians but their actions go against God’s commandments. But this does not mean that Christianity is fake. Imagine a world where everyone keeps the pure and undefiled teachings of Christianity. I am sure this world will be a better place to live in.
What would Jesus do? Isn’t that what every christian should be asking themselves? I think us christians need to pray and hear from Jesus on what we need to do. God loves the sinner. My opinion…. Love the homosexual and let Jesus save them. No one has a problem with premarital sex or children out of wedlock… Sin is sin people. We all suck and need Jesus!
Thanks for your comment. I agree that we need to know what Jesus would do in every situation we might encounter. We can only do this if we REALLY know Jesus. This means reading the Bible and reading about His life and teaching. It is true that God loves the sinners, but this does not mean that He likes a sinner to go on with their lives sinning. He wants everyone to come to repentance and change from their wicked ways. Like any other sins, homosexuality leads to dire consequences and God does not want people to suffer because of homosexuality. God does not accept immoral behavior. He expects us to change, not just from homosexuality, but from any form of sin. In the final analysis, God wants us to change for our ultimate good.