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What Kim Davis Says About Being a Christian

You’ve heard her name mentioned as much as Donald Trump over the past few months.

It’s dominated your social feeds.

Everyone is talking about it.

Kim Davis won’t grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples because it’s against her religion.

Davis, the elected Kentucky clerk who went to jail rather than issue the licenses to same-sex couples, just won’t go away.

This case is confusing, to say the least, but also extremely important for those who call themselves Christians.

The case of someone’s firmly held faith standards versus that of the state (aka government) is all too familiar to us as Christians. In fact, Jesus himself was questioned about this very thing in the Gospels. Jesus knew the actions of those asking, and rather than dig into too much, he simply stated “render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s.” He didn’t go into why, other than to tell the Jews to pay the Gentile taxes. In doing so, he quieted his enemies.

But with Jesus, there was always more to it than that. You must dig deeper to understand what in fact this means. Jesus was implying that what is the government’s is the government’s, and what is God’s is essentially God’s. If you’re interested in taking a much deeper look at this passage, I HIGHLY recommend reading this.

Let’s take this a step further. Paul speaks of this same thing in Romans 13:

Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.

Paul is specifically saying EVERYONE is subject to the government. In the time of Paul’s writing, the Jews didn’t recognize any king but that of God and they didn’t pay taxes to anyone but God. Additionally, Paul was writing this during the Roman Empire’s reign. The Roman Empire was not so kind to Christians, yet Paul still looked to them as the authority.

Let’s stop there and go back to Kim Davis. She willingly ran for office to be a county clerk in the state of Kentucky. A county clerk is responsible for issuing marriage licenses. Her job is an elected position, it’s a government position. When the Supreme Court decision came down, the Kentucky governor informed the state’s county clerks to now issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, but Davis refused.

She said it was against her faith to issue these licenses. She said that the Bible says marriage is between one man and one woman. I’ve spoken before about THAT. Today I’m focusing on what a Christian CAN do and SHOULD do in this case. Well, I am are here to say that while I admire her commitment to her convictions, Davis should have issued these people marriage licenses. By doing this she’s not judging, she’s following the law (even if she doesn’t agree with it), and most importantly she’s showing love to people.

We tend to view homosexuality and the acceptance of it as a “supreme sin.” We tend to make this specific issue so much greater than anything else. We must ask if Davis issues divorce papers. Because the Bible is pretty clear on that, too.

 

And if she divorces her husband and marries another man, she commits adultery. (Mark 10:12)

 

This isn’t an attack on Kim Davis. We love Davis as Davis. We love Davis because she too is a child of Christ. But we must look at this and think: How SHOULD Christians handle an issue like this? Well, by loving people first. We are told over and over throughout scripture that we must follow the laws of the land. I can assure you this can hold true today.

We may not all like or agree with the same-sex issue, but the reality is it’s now the law of the land. Paul says in the second part of Romans 13 to not cause conflict with the state, to be good and obey. Davis is choosing to use her faith in Christ to circumvent her legal authority as an elected official. This sets up an “us vs. them” mentality that we must stop doing. It’s not us vs. them, it’s everyone under Him and through Him. We’re all equal to God. Let’s start to break down these walls we’ve put up. Let’s wrap our arms around people, show Christ’s love. We can’t change everyone, but by loving people instead of casting judgment their way, we can at least show that we are different.

In conclusion, Davis has created headlines. She’s everywhere, and all she had to do is issue the licenses. She created a controversy that shouldn’t have even needed to exist. So how should we approach this situation? By doing what Jesus did: Cast unto Caesar what is Caesar’s, then walk away.

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23 Comments

  1. Project Inspired

    Posted by Shimmeringjules on October 3, 2015 at 20:52

    To be honest, I think she should have stepped down. I know I wouldn’t feel comfortable issuing marriage licenses for something I didn’t agree with (and the same with divorce papers), so I can understand where she’s coming from. But at the same time, you’re totally right about loving others and following the law. Her actions did not express love. Thus, I think the best course of action would have been to just step down, realizing she cannot make either decision because they would both conflict with her faith.

  2. Project Inspired

    Posted by Queerafrolatina on September 27, 2015 at 22:00

    I don’t care if you agree with homosexuality or not, but your article was truly amazing and spot on. A lot of these comments are full to the brim with ignorance, do they realize there are ways to refute the verse of a marriage between a man and a woman? Do they also realize marriage existed before Christianity and even Judaism? Marriage is a loving and committed partnership and unfortunately, has to be proven by signing papers basically. I’m not sure where Christians got the whole “we own marriage” thing but I suggest you delve into Theology and the history of Christianity, as I think it is very important to ask questions before blindly devoting yourself to anything, including God.

    In basic, law should not mix with religion, that woman ran for office therefore it was her duty BY LAW to give out marriage licenses’ whether she agreed with it or not. It is not comparable to the government banning Christianity as a whole(that is a violation of our rights to religious freedom). Not issuing marriage is violating their right.

    I don’t think Christians realize that if their thoughts and actions were taking out of context and put into a different situation, they would all be horrified by their own thought process. All this does is promote hate from both sides, Christians from being hypocritical and controlling because they mistakenly confuse that for being faithful to God and nonbelievers for growing sick of such unending ignorance.

    This is why so many people leave Christianity, or refuse to convert to it. The religion and deity in itself isn’t the problem, the community of worshipers are.

  3. Project Inspired

    Posted by alissious on September 26, 2015 at 02:42

    “In conclusion, Davis has created headlines. She’s everywhere, and all she had to do is issue the licenses. She created a controversy that shouldn’t have even needed to exist. So how should we approach this situation? By doing what Jesus did: Cast unto Caesar what is Caesar’s, then walk away.”

    Um… What? No, no and again NO. I have to disagree at the core on this. We do have to follow the law, but not if it’s against our faith. Heck, Jesus created headlines too! Majorly! And it was because he went against the law, he didn’t say “bow down to the government because it’s your authority.” He rebelled against many things accepted as the law at that time. If we sit quietly in the corner and don’t tell the world about what God values and considers right, what kind of Christians are we? If we pretend nothing is sin and “love” people by hiding the truth from them because it “hurts,” we’re cruel. And we will answer before God for that.

    Homosexuality is sin and that is the truth. Speak it and don’t be afraid of what the government thinks about it. God is above any human government, after all.

    God bless!

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by jujufaust777 on January 4, 2017 at 18:27

      I agree! She stuck to her faith and God and Jesus will honor her accordingly, usually I agree with the PI girl posts but this one I just had utter disappointment in… money is money.. that can be passed around and be given to “Caeser” but marriage is a contract and act before God…not something to just be passed around..

  4. CandyBar

    Posted by CandyBar on September 22, 2015 at 14:57

    Stop fighting the wrong battle. Sin is sin is sin. Loving people does not mean being okay with the sin.
    There was a good point made in the article, though. Divorce is sin to, yet no Christian refuses to file the divorce papers. Maybe instead of saying, this sin is down played, so let’s downplay homosexuality, too, we need to say sin is sin. Maybe more people should consider writing divorce papers as a reason not to get a job.
    God is just. God is holy. We focus so much on how God is love, and we should, but this same God literally killed people for lying (and that’s in the NT). Our God burned cities (Sodom and Gomorrah) whose crimes included homosexuality. Our God is righteous. And we are not. We cannot experience His love without the blood of Christ. Yes, there can be homosexuals who are sinning Christians, but the majority of homosexuals aren’t Christians. No matter how much we ‘love’ them, by saying they aren’t sinners, they will still burn in hell without Christ, just like every other human who isn’t saved.
    Stop fighting this battle. People need to know their sin, and then they need to know the Lord. No amount of our love can save them. The only thing that can save them is Jesus Christ. And if we don’t tell them they’re sinners, how will they know they need Him?

  5. Project Inspired

    Posted by Precioustime22 on September 17, 2015 at 20:04

    The most important thing is to be unconditionally loving. Every good deed flows from love. To open people’s hearts to God we must love them, try to understand their situation and empathize with them. Amen.

    Feel free to comment with questions or comments. 🙂

  6. Project Inspired

    Posted by Precioustime22 on September 17, 2015 at 20:00

    Great Article Dave! You have great points and I agree with you!. Spot on. I don’t consider a civil union to be marriage so issuing gay civil unions wouldn’t have a profound effect on me because 1.) A civil union is not a real marriage to me. I firmly believe marriage is a sacrament that God blesses. 2.) I’m sick of hearing about gay marriage all of the time. Why? Because there are more important things at battle in the world right now than this. (Like abortion, human trafficking. Both way worse if you ask me). I’m also tired of hearing it because Christians have a bad rep of being homophobic and just reading some of the comments that “homosexuality is a sin” reinforces that stereotype. 3.))

  7. Project Inspired

    Posted by saraileft on September 17, 2015 at 17:53

    honestly I feel like she shouldn’t have done that , she should have given them the license because by denying it to them she isn’t showing God’s love and if anything she is pushing them away from Christ but at the same time I like the people trying to get the license should have respected to her decision and tried to get to it from someone else. Just how the homosexuals want people to respect their decisions , they have to respect that some people won’t accept it

  8. Project Inspired

    Posted by mcsmith on September 16, 2015 at 06:05

    How easily can one verse be picked out and altered to fit a view? If the government said that christianity is a threat and a terror group(which they did say) and if they eventually made it illegal to follow Christ, share the gospel, or go to church I would have to disobey the Government. Yes we should follow our leaders and authorities but when they begin to go against God’s word that’s when we speak up and fight for our rights. Jesus also overturned tables and started commotion not out of hate but because he knew that there is a time to keep your mouth shut and there’s a time to speak. Lucky for the world Kim didn’t overturn tables or any thing but she was not a weenie. Also it was the law of the land not the written law.

    • May All Your Bacon Burn

      Posted by May All Your Bacon Burn on September 28, 2015 at 16:26

      I feel like there is a minor difference in your examples, though. With the “ban Christianity” idea, that would be directly telling us that we could not worship, could not read the bible, etc. Things which we are specifically told to do by God, ergo it directly goes against our beliefs and ought to be fought. Same goes for what was going on in Jesus’s time. Paying the tax to Ceasar (albeit may prevent some with a lower income from doing so) did not prevent us as a people from paying a tax to God, so it is better not to defy the government, since to God it did not matter. It was an earthly practice that did not interfere with His work, it simply coexisted and Christians had to deal with it. However, when they actively turned the church into a sales house this was directly against God’s word, and Jesus acted accordingly by flipping tables and raising Cain. Now, back to the gay marriage law. We are not being forced to agree with Gay marriage or to actively pursue it. We are merely coexisting with the presence of it in our society. Then we have Davis, who is posed with the decision: does she agree to pay the tax by providing licenses (a deed that does not require actively agreeing with the act), or does she rebel against the tax, flipping tables and causing a scene? In fact, she even has a third choice of leaving her job, thus taking her out of the decision process altogether and no longer having to bear the tax on her shoulders. Obviously she chose to flip tables, but with this argument here she should have went with the first or third option. Since she is not being actively forced to act against the bible (not, on an individual level, being made to agree with it or partake in it), just coincide with a situation that involves it, God asks us to simply pay the tax and move on. There are bigger battles to fight, ones that are directly against God’s will, so we should take the moment to turn the other cheek, express love, and move onto the next thing. Save our energy for the battles meant to be fought, because we’ll fall flat on our faces if we conduct squabbles all the time before facing a larger foe.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by Precioustime22 on September 17, 2015 at 20:08

      I don’t think gay marriage is worth turning tables over. There are bigger issues at hand in the world right now (like world hunger, abortion, human trafficking to name a few).

      If we love people without cause unconditionally they may be more open to God. We’re all just sinners. Spread the love.

  9. Project Inspired

    Posted by monseWOW on September 15, 2015 at 22:48

    I think that what she did was ok. i mean it is true you need to follow law and everything but she is showing that even if the whole world does it she will stand firm and be different.
    I think you should stand firm and even if your whole world is being shaken you need to stand firm.
    thanks that’s all I wanted to say .This comment is not meant to offend no one is just my point of view .I would also like to read other people’s opinion- BLessings

  10. N.E.S.

    Posted by N.E.S. on September 15, 2015 at 17:38

    The Bible also says give unto God what is God’s. Give God what he created marriage between a man and a woman. Why didn’t you add that part. Give unto Ceaser, but give God what belongs to Him the sacrament of marriage.

  11. N.E.S.

    Posted by N.E.S. on September 15, 2015 at 17:18

    Matthew 19:4-6
    Genesis 2:18-25

    On June 26, 2015 the “Supreme” court made a RULING… NOT A LAW. Congress makes laws, and she should have practiced her freedom of religion. She has also had this job for twenty seven years, and she wanted to keep her job. She was even threatened by homosexuals with rape. If you want the article I will give it to you, and she wasn’t even giving any licenses out that day. She suggested other people to do the job, and she did not want her signature on it. She said it is an Life (Heaven) or Death (Hell) situation. She is 100% correct, and no such thing as same-sex “marriage.” It is just a figment of the imagination, and it always be.

  12. Project Inspired

    Posted by heartshavewings on September 14, 2015 at 20:53

    I agree with MikkyD, and I would also like to note that in Romans 13, it’s not merely talking about any authority, but about Christian authorities, calling them “God’s servants”. So the reference isn’t just for us to blindly follow the government no matter what.
    Regarding the “us vs. them mentality”, although we’re called to love everyone, it is not necessary for us to always be at peace and in agreement with them. Her actions weren’t purposely inciting a division, but that’s what resulted when she did what she thought was right. In addition, Ms. Davis didn’t take the position knowing that she was going to be issuing marriage licenses to homosexual couples, but after the Supreme Court ruling, her job changed a bit. So, she did what she felt was the best move based on her faith, and I think that’s quite commendable.

    • Jay1luv_jesus

      Posted by Jay1luv_jesus on September 15, 2015 at 14:41

      Everything you have said is sooo true!

    • Aryandil

      Posted by Aryandil on September 15, 2015 at 12:33

      I’d like to point out that Kim Davis barred straight people from marrying too… it wasn’t just homosexuals…

  13. Project Inspired

    Posted by Seraph on September 14, 2015 at 18:06

    I disagree that by giving marriage licenses, Kim Davis is showing these people love. I believe she should give them because that’s her job, and if she can’t, then she should find another job. Homosexuality is a sin, but there’s really nothing she gains by refusing to give gay couples a license. It’s pretty clear that the government and Christianity are finding it hard to mix

  14. Bethenykeller

    Posted by Bethenykeller on September 14, 2015 at 17:54

    Alright here’s the deal, technically gay marriage is still not legal. The Supreme Court can not make a law they can only make rulings. The congress is who makes laws and they have made no law for same sex marriage. There is really no law forcing her to approve marriage licenses to same sex couples.

    • Aryandil

      Posted by Aryandil on September 15, 2015 at 12:30

      The ruling pretty much legalized same-sex marriage and overturned laws barring it. Of course, states still have to turn those laws over themselves, but it’s only a matter of time before the government starts pressing down on them to repeal them (or whatever the proper term is).

  15. Project Inspired

    Posted by MikkyD on September 14, 2015 at 16:20

    I see your point of view, but I would respectfully disagree. I think what Paul was saying in Romans 13 was that yes, we should under normal circumstances follow the law of the land. However, Paul himself broke the law by teaching Christianity. People could say he could have just kept the message of the Gospel to himself, but where would the Christian religion be today if he did that? God was calling Paul to preach his word, no matter what the consequences. There are several instances throughout the Bible where Godly people disobeyed the government because it was against God’s law: Daniel, Peter and the apostles, etc. Perhaps God was leading Kim Davis to stand up for his law by not signing the marriage licenses. In Acts 5:29, Peter and the apostles tell the Sanhedrin, “We must obey God rather than men!”. An example of this is in the movie “God’s Not Dead”. The main character was told by multiple Christian people to just sign the paper saying that “God is dead” or quit the class, but he felt God telling him to stand up for Him. He was not the one creating the us vs. them scenario, it was the teacher that created that situation. From what I’ve heard, Kim Davis was not judging the people (if she was, that would be wrong), she was simply saying that she could not sign the paper because that would be, if not causing someone to sin, then condoning it. Also, I see divorce papers as slightly different because although homosexuality is no greater sin than any other sin, there are situations in the Bible where divorce is allowed (marital infidelity or desertion), and it’s not really up to her to determine whether their reason for divorce is biblical. However, there are no instances when homosexual marriage is allowed. Sorry for such a long comment, I just had a lot to say 🙂

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by Iluvgodheart15 on September 15, 2015 at 19:09

      I completely agree, while it is important to display love to the same-sex couples I do think to issue a license for these couples to be married is against God’s will. You took the words right out of my mouth that I don’t really see what these to say 🙂

    • Jay1luv_jesus

      Posted by Jay1luv_jesus on September 15, 2015 at 14:43

      I agree, and don’t be sry!😅