Over the past few days there has been quite a lot of controversy surrounding Rowan, KY County Clerk Kim Davis.
For those who haven’t been following the story, KY law requires the county clerk’s signature on a marriage certificate for it to be valid. However, Ms. Davis has refused to issue marriage certificates because she refuses, on religious grounds, to use her name to validate marriage certificates for homosexual couples. She is now in jail on contempt of court because she has refused a judge’s order to violate her religious objection.
I, personally, feel connected to this issue because ran for country clerk twice in Illinois. This news story could have very easily been me. I share Ms. Davis’ conviction on this subject and would have been equally opposed to putting my name on a certificate that validates a homosexual union.
John Calvin once stated that when we render obedience to the government, we must be, “particularly careful that it is not incompatible with obedience to Him to whose will the wishes of all kings should be subject.” It’s time for America’s Christians to choose this day whom they will serve. Christians need to support Kim Davis, pray for her, and encourage all Christians to prepare to stand for the truth of God, whatever sanctions may come from a hostile and unbelieving world.
Now there are many critics of Ms.
Davis’ actions who say she has a responsibility to follow the law and if she cannot perform the required duties because of her objections, then she should not work in that office. One such critic said it was akin to a follower of Islam getting a job in a restaurant and then refusing to serve pork.
That metaphor is completely inaccurate because the person would have known the “rules” before taking the restaurant job. A more accurate metaphor would be a Muslim man who has owned a restaurant for years and has never served pork who is suddenly mandated by the government to start serving pork. The man would find the new mandate objectionable and contrary to his religion. He would not comply.
Ms. Davis did not accept a job with requirements that violated her moral standards. When she took office there was no such thing as homosexual marriage in Kentucy. In fact, the voters of Kentucy had already passed an ammendment to the Constitution of the Commonwealth for just the purpose of defining marriage as the union of one man with one woman. The mandate the she validate marriage certificates for homosexual couples was thrust upon her after the fact by five unelected people who, without regard to the Constitution, changed the rules.
This is not a matter of interfering with the individual liberty of homosexual couples. They have always had the freedom, as Americans, to live their life in any way they see fit. Whether or not they choose to obey the God of the universe is totally their personal choice and a decision that is between them and God.
As far as legal protection goes, homosexual couples have had many options available to them. Wills, living wills, powers of attorney, medical powers of attorney, and beneficiary statements all afford them every legal protection they claim to seek. Nonetheless, they continue a relentless assult of hate and discrimination against Christians.
So, I applaud Ms. Davis for taking a stand and saying, “Enough.”
As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.