The Kim Davis “victory” hasn’t been well received by ethical members of the Christian faith, and that includes sensible people who are usually aligned with the Christian Right. In case you’ve been in a cave for the last month, Davis is the Kentucky court clerk who was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
She only spent a few days in jail and was released when her clerks began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, but she’s now a martyr and a celebrity with the right wing nutjob brigade that includes Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz, and more.
One pastor in particular is very concerned. Pastor Russell Williams of McCormick Road Baptist Church in Florida put out an open letter via Facebook to Davis and her supporters. He insists that she is hurting Christianity with her behavior and her own hypocrisy (she’s been married a zillion times), thus turning people even further away from religion. He also suggests that she’s doing this for the money.
Read his letter below.
Since I am a pastor of a southern Baptist church please allow me to weigh in on the case of Kim Davis, the lady in Kentucky who refuses to issue a marriage licenses to a same sex couple.
First: This is not a case of the government forcing anyone to violate their religious belief. She is free to quit her job. If she quits her job to honor God surely God would take care of her.
Second: This is not a case of someone trying to uphold the sanctity of marriage. If she wanted to uphold the sanctity of marriage she should not have been married four different times. If she is worried about her name being affixed to a marriage license that goes against a biblical definition of marriage, she should not have her name on the last three marriage licenses given to her.
Third: This seems to be a case of someone looking to cash in on the religious right. Churches all across the south will throw money at her to come and tell congregations how the evil American government put her in jail because of her faith in Jesus.
This is why we are losing.
This is why people have such disdain for evangelicals.
Not because we disagree but because we don’t take the bible seriously. If ever there was a case of “he who is without sin cast the first stone”, this is it. If ever there was a “take the log out of your eye” moment, this is it.
We must stop looking to the government to make America a Christian utopia. Our kingdom is not of this world.
We must abandon all thoughts of fixing others and let Jesus fix us.
If we want sanctity of marriage then stop cheating, stop having affairs, stop looking at porn, stop getting divorces. That is the way for the church to stand up for the biblical definition of marriage, not by someone martyring their self-righteous self.
The fact is, I know that there are more people out there like this pastor — a lot more. They just aren’t loud enough and belligerent enough to get noticed.