Many people were shocked and outraged as it was announced that Kim Davis was jailed yesterday. Moreover, it was not a sentence; as a law needs to be broken, a crime committed; to receive a “sentence”. Kim is held, until she chooses to comply with a directive to issue marriage licenses to all seeking couples.
Since the Supreme court ruling, which stated, that individual states bans on gay marriage was unconstitutional, there has been much uproar. The ruling did not outline compliance guidelines, nor legalize “gay marriage”-it simply stated that licensing straight marriage while prohibiting gay marriage violates a penumbra (shadow) of the due process clause, and 14th amendment.
As such, a simple resolution would be for the states to get out of the marriage licensing/taxing business all together. However, until states are able to pass legislation towards compliance, or abolishment; individuals who are in licensing are in a legally awkward situation. The state of Kentucky still has laws against same sex marriage, The Supreme Court has ruled said laws unconstitutional, and the state legislature has not had opportunity to draft new legislation. Perhaps more shocking to this writer than the actual arrest, was the response by many Christians and leaders advocating compliance or resignation by Kim Davis.
More disconcerting is the apparent lack of concern for religious liberty in accords with conscious. In this country, the first amendment outlines-
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
That is to say that it is not just the right to “worship” but the right to express religion sentiment…even obnoxiously, as the court ruled in favor of the Westboro Bapt. Church (Snyder v. Phelps), speach, assembly, and sentiment in a public place.
Christians while called to be peaceable (seek justice, love mercy walk humbly with your God), are also given freedom to act in accords with conscious. In Daniel 1, during the Babylonian captivity, Daniel made a conscious decision not to eat the Kings food or wine. Of note is that while Daniel was granted governmental permission to abstain. This is contributed to God’s favor, SUBSEQUENT to Daniels conscientious objector resolution (Dan 1:8).
Not only should Christians defend the Constitution as citizens of a Republic, but in the event of eventual dissolution of the right to express religion….Should still stand in accords to consciousness.
Personally, as the federal government has shown itself to be lawless and show complete inconsistency to the rule of written law(Sancutuary Cities, Marijuana in Co/WA, fast and Furious gun smuggling, PP selling babies,Benghazi, IRS targeting of conservatives… just to name a few )
I have resolved not to take queues on morality based on legal actions/ inactions of the Federal Government. To be clear, in regards to religious conviction the state never affirms what is acceptable personal behavior.
Just because it is legal does not make it right.
Therefore, just because it is legally decreed does not mean it should be obeyed.
Behavior which completely violates anthers right to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness can surely be debated in the Davis situation.
But undoubtedly there is room for debate.
Christians have always been people of conviction. Every colonial state charter discusses the conviction of religious freedom. Throughout Scripture, believers are admonished to stand in accord to conviction regardless of legal statute.
Daniel 1- Daniel Refuses to personally eat Babylonian food/wine
Exodus 1- Hebrew midwives refuse to take part in ancient eugenics
Daniel 3- Hananiah, Mishael, Shadrach refuse to go through the motions of political worship.
Acts 5- Bringing civil upheaval, Peter and the apostles refused to stop laying blame regarding the death of Jesus on authorities.
Other than the Hebrew women, couldn’t they just have complied or quit?
Couldn’t they have toned down the rhetoric, or found a “third way”?
Not according to consciousness. Do you consider you more mature than Kim Davis spiritually (since yall are close and all) great don’t look down on her consciousness (Rom 14:1)
The faith which you have, have as your own conviction before God. Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves.