In the latest saga of Christians trying to defend “Traditional marriage” comes a August 13, 2015 report by the New York Times: “Kim Davis, the clerk in Rowan County, who says her Christian faith bars her from authorizing same-sex marriages, has refused to issue any licenses, either to same-sex or heterosexual couples after the historic ruling in June in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges. She has ignored a direct order from Gov. Steven L. Beshear that she do so.”
I have a saying that, the only thing I love more than justice is the freedom to fight for it.
Therefore, I love it when people stand up for what they believe to be just. However, are these same individuals; including myself, willing to stand down when confronted with proof that what we claim is right, is actually wrong?
According to the Christian Bible, God has ordained our nine Supreme Court justices as His ministers. Romans 13: 1–4:
Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained  of God. 2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: 4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. (KJV)
Allow me to translate: God put the governments in power, which includes the U.S. Supreme Court. — Indulge me, even if you do not believe in the Bible — Notice the word, “rulers” mentioned in these scriptures. That has nothing to do with church leadership. It means government(s). And when it refers to “minister” the scripture is placing that label on our nine justices. Therefore, Ms. Davis and others are not standing up for religious beliefs, they are, again, disobeying “resisteth” God.
Imagine the chaos, if we all picked and chose what Supreme Court rulings we will and will not follow.
The U.S. constitution grants us all freedom of religion. That means that the government will not take sides on religious beliefs, nor tell the people who, how or what to worship. But we Christians in particular must all step back and rethink what I and so many others see as hypocritical. To say we will obey part of the Bible openly (“Religious grounds”) while at the same time privately tear out pages of the Bible that we find too hard to follow we are trying to make a mockery of Christianity.
God is not mocked and neither is the Supreme Court on this particular ruling. What this clerk and others are claiming to do on religious objections is tell the nation that the term “Law abiding” is optional for Christians according to the Bible. This logic is partly why I do not attend church.
The high court did not order any person or church to perform same-sex marriages in their place of worship. It simply said by its ruling, look over the marriage application to see if; according to law, Ms. Davis and others that the application is filled out correctly.
The claim of Ms. Davis is also silly when this woman who claims to stand on religious principles benefited greatly when God allowed Moses to institute divorce. At the risk of sounding judgmental, Ms. Davis has been married four times.
Book of Mark 10: 1–9 describes where the Pharisees were trying to tempt Jesus by asking Him a question about marriage and divorce. Jesus never agreed that it was okay, in the sight of God to divorce. Jesus only pointed out to the Pharisees that because of the “hardness” of man’s heart, divorce was permitted by Moses.
If someone was to understand why Moses; against the will of God, was allowed by God, to institute divorce as an alternative to an unhappy marriage in his time, two things should be considered. Of course the obvious one of spouses killing spouses, would have sored without permission to divorce. Another interesting aspect is that like in the days of Moses, a solution was needed to a problem surrounding marriage.
I have no use for biblical customs. However, I will agree that marriage is a custom. So what does the Bible say about customs? Romans 13: 7 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.
The Bible is commanding that we “render”, “honour” to this new “custom” of same-sex marriages. Christians, this is not twisting scripture, it is properly applying the Bible to today’s living.
Furthermore, when confronted with condemnation by fundamentalist Christian teaching; other than God, the homosexual in America, Great Britain and anywhere the King James Version of the Bible is the preferred translation, there is no greater ally than King James I. This translation was decreed by a homosexual.
Billions of people over the centuries from Great Britain to America have trusted the King James translation of the Bible as their family Bible. Never mind the fact that this English translation of scriptures is not perfect and the worthless argument of epistles left out of the Bible. Many swear by the King James Version.
Millions of Christians today still read their (KJV) Holy Bible and proudly carry it to church and of course often misquote it. Will they now toss their Bibles into the ocean after learning that King James I (the first) was known as “Queen James” because of his sexual relationships with men?
It is the fault of people who are too lazy or too fearful to pick up the Bible for themselves that allow Christians to get away with saying “The Bible says…”
I am a homosexual and a Christian who claims that God told me not to rely on man’s interpretation of His love but His demonstration of His love period. I too interpret the Bible according to my comprehension. And I do not mind it being challenged. However, supporters of same-sex marriage should challenge the Kentucky clerk’s interpretation of Romans 13:1–4.
On September 3, 2015, a U.S. federal judge determined that Kim Davis was in contempt of a court order and has sent her to jail. Meanwhile, her supporters are praising her and claiming that she is suffering as the Apostle Paul and Silas did when they were tossed in jail for what they believed.
However, it seems that Ms. Davis a Christian for only four years is being led astray by her supporters. The Apostle Paul wrote the entire Book of Romans, which commands believers to obey the government.