What Kim Davis Says About Being a Christian
Written by Dave Herrmann | September 14, 2015
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.