By now, most of us know who Kim Davis is. She is the Rowan County clerk in Kentucky that refuses to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. Why? Because it would go against the teachings of Christ. Now some are calling her out as hypocritical, since her three divorces and current marriage are in the spotlight.
As U.S. News & World Report puts it:
“She gave birth to twins five months after divorcing her first husband. They were fathered by her third husband but adopted by her second. Davis worked at the clerk’s office at the time of each divorce and has since remarried.”
With these revelations coming forth, Davis is doing her best to spin it all in her favor. Even with the fact that she is violating people’s rights, Davis still continues to use Christ as a crutch. In a statement reported by Salon, Davis says:
“I owe my life to Jesus Christ who loves me and gave his life for me.”
She goes on to say:
“I am not perfect. No one is. But I am forgiven and I love my Lord and must be obedient to him and to the Word of God. I never imagined a day like this would come, where I would be asked to violate a central teaching of Scripture and of Jesus Himself regarding marriage. To issue a marriage license which conflicts with God’s definition of marriage, with my name affixed to the certificate, would violate my conscience. It is not a light issue for me. It is a heaven or hell decision.”
While there is no problem with a person having their own set of religious beliefs, when it infringes on the Constitutional rights of others, then we have a problem. If it is affecting her conscience so much, she should step down as clerk. While you may believe Christ has forgiven you for your past non-Christian marriages, this country runs on laws, not your conscience.
Which brings us to a very important observation regarding Davis’ statement. Especially the issue of her being “asked to violate a central teaching of Scripture and of Jesus Himself regarding marriage.”
You see, in the King James Version of the Bible, it plainly states in Luke 16: 18:
“Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from [her] husband committeth adultery.”
There is also some interesting reading on the subject in 1 Corinthians. So, even if you are forgiven for your past “sins” by Christ, Kim, your current marriage would be an adulterous one. Not too “obedient” now is it? While I’m sure there will be those that try to find loopholes in what Christ really “meant”, there is no escaping the “judge not” clause that Christ threw in.
Lastly, if Kim Davis and her supporters feel like she is being targeted and unjustly vilified, now you know just a fraction of what the people you discriminate against feel.