To be quite honest, writing about someone like Kim Davis is one of those times where you will speak with disgust or admiration. You either love her or hate her.
You will notice, first of all, that I did not post a picture of the woman on my blog.
Maybe she is not the ugliest woman on the face of this earth, but to be quite honest, I hate looking at her. I hate seeing her name in the news. And I sneer at both sides that promote her agenda, either from celebrating her stand against gay marriage, to diatribes against her that just fire up both sides of the fence.
We can't just blame the "conservative" media for her polarization.
When you skim through headlines on Liberal media sites, every other title has that woman's name in it.
We all know her name. Some of us are just over it quicker than a good spit in the wind.
To give the woman some relatively decent feedback: I admire the fact that she is now refusing to issue any marriage licenses with her name on them.
I guess if you are going to take a stand, then it may as well be an all-for-none kind of stand.
But I would like to break it down a bit: As the county clerk, it is that woman's job to issue marriage licenses.
If you have ever talked with a judge and asked him/her if he/she has ever had to let someone off that they KNOW as guilty, they will answer affirmative. Because it is their job (no the OBLIGATION) of a judge to follow the laws of the land.
In Romans 13: 1-3 we are implicitly told that we MUST obey the laws of our government: "All of you must obey the government rulers. Everyone who rules was given the power to rule by God. And all those who rule now were given that power by God. 2 So anyone who is against the government is really against something God has commanded. Those who are against the government bring punishment on themselves. 3 People who do right don’t have to fear the rulers. But those who do wrong must fear them. Do you want to be free from fearing them? Then do only what is right, and they will praise you."
This woman maintains that to put her name on a marriage certificate of a gay couple make her just as guilty of the marriage as the couple.
The reality is that the word "homosexual" is not in the Bible.
While Paul in Romans says: "And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet."
And let's not even get into Leviticus, which bans everything from shrimp to sitting in the same chair which a woman with her period rested.
As I have said before and often, the Bible that we know today, is not the Bible of ancient times. It has been edited time and time for the convenience of the church, and the mindset of the leaders of the church.
With Paul saying hatefully that women should cover their heads in the church for tempting Adam with the apple. (This all probably done while he crunched away on a Golden Delicious...)
And yet Jesus LOVED women. From Martha and Mary to Mary Magdalene. In fact, the only time Jesus every really lost it was when He found the money lenders in the temple. The man was all about forgiveness.
So to focus on the three times that homosexuality is briefly mentioned in the Bible is heresy to me.
It tends to overlook the duty that she accepted when she became the county clerk and swore to uphold the laws of our land (on a Bible).
Gay marriage is now one of the laws of our land... Fact.
One of my favorite passages from the Bible is Matthew 7: "Judge not, that ye be not judged. 2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. 3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?"
In all honesty, if that was all that the Bible said, and everyone followed it with their heart and soul, the world would be a better place.
If I look for sin, I look for it in the mirror, and not in the eyes of others, regardless of how much they irritate me to death (yes, I am still working on that one!)
Several people have also pointed out, that although that woman is Apostolic Christian, she is thrice divorced. This is not a big deal for me, to be quite honest.
But in Matthew 19: 9 it says: "And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery."
But to give her due consideration, her divorces occurred long before she converted to her current faith.
So in her faith, she will no longer commit the sin of divorce. Kudos to her.
My question would be: Has a man or a woman (divorced) ever come into her office and requested a marriage license to wed another?
If the answer is yes, did she issue the licenses, even though it was something that she found very sinful?
If the answer is yes again, then she is a hypocrite. (Yes, I am being judgmental *eyes to the Heavens* "Sorry God".) She invalidated her own faith by letting people who have sinned against their previous spouses with divorce (if the divorce was not for the purpose of fornification).
So she has broken her own rules and yet refuses to bypass them for the law of the land. Which according to the law of the land, divorced people are allowed to remarry. And according to the laws of the land, gay people can now marry.
This invalidates her commitment to the Bible that she swore upon, and her faith that she claims to carry in her heart.
Is she a martyr?
If her religion is one that is dedicated to wiping the idea of "gay" off the face of this earth, then I would volunteer her for martyrdom in her church.
But in my eyes, she has setup her own persecution, and then walked the plank without prodding.
She's still getting paid to be the
although she no longer performs all of her duties. County Clerk
So there is no financial suffering.
She definitely doesn't look starved to death, and has shown no scars from her torture.
A martyr makes the absolute sacrifice for their faith.
In fact, the literal definition of martyr is: a person who is killed because of their religious or other beliefs. "saints, martyrs, and witnesses to the faith".
If she's still breathing, getting paid, and doesn't have any scars. If she hasn't all of a sudden started Stigmata, I think that we can bypass her martyrdom and go straight for pig-headed (yes, I meant that literally and metaphorically *inject another "Sorry God" here*).