I am quite certain it is no one’s intent to get up on a fine Tuesday morning, to get dressed to go to jail, but for Rowan County Magistrate Kim Davis? I wonder if she ever gave it any consideration. Kim? Kim Davis? Yes, you know to whom I am referring. Unless you have been in space the last couple of weeks, you know who Kim Davis is. The media has certainly went out of their way to provide you with every detail of this story.
Same-sex couple Karen Roberts and April Miller, having been together for eleven years, began preparations for their Friday wedding. One of the first items on the bride and bride checklist was the marriage license. They both said they were unaware they would face any problems. After all, the Supreme Court decision handed down just a mere weeks before, had provided for the marriage, and they had assumed they would have no problem, unlike in the past, because of the decision. It was a plan for a dream to come true, until they met Apostolic Christian, Kim Davis.
Kim Davis was not the only person working there that day. There were other people there, one of them was Davis’s son, Nathan. He too, refused to condone the licensing, and was the final link in withholding the documents of the marriage. Since then, others working at the Rowan County Clerk’s Office, some present that day, advised not having a problem with issuing the license, but why they did not offer to do so, well that is still one of those questions that are unanswered?
For now, it seems, Kim Davis has taken a stronger stand, and she remains in jail as of this date. She remains incarcerated, and has no plans of being released as of this time. Davis views issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples as a stamp of approval of something she believes is a sin, but refuses to resign from her job. As an elected official the only way she could lose her job is to lose an election, or to have the state legislature impeach her. However, she believes God’s law is above the law of man. Roger Gannam, a lawyer with the Orlando-based Liberty Counsel that represents Kim Davis, said “Bunning’s decision shows that elected officials no longer have religious liberties in light of the Supreme Court ruling — and that private citizens are next.” (Wynn, 2015)
For some, Kim Davis is standing as a Christian and refusing to give in. Her martyr like behavior based on her “Heaven or Hell decision” and proves her loyalty to God. However, others feel her past history as a wife of four marriages to three men, proves her unfit to make any type of decision towards marriage. (Kaplan, 2015) Everyone seems to have an opinion about Kim Davis. Her constituents who voted her into office felt she was competent enough to perform her duties. Her church feels she is a woman of their church, and hereby, has the ability to share the liberties of their religious beliefs. Kim Davis has her own thoughts, “I want to continue to perform my duties, but I also am requesting what our Founders envisioned — that conscience and religious freedom would be protected,” she continued. “That is all I am asking. I never sought to be in this position, and I would much rather not have been placed in this position.” (Kaplan, 2015)
Therefore, as a Magistrate- a Clerk of the Court, people have come from miles around to get their marriage licenses from Kim Davis. People have even been coming from other states, and with them, they brought camera crews. Does it appear Kim Davis may have been targeted once word was out about her? Does her behavior reflect that of a [Martyr]?~Somebody who suffers persecution and/or death for advocating, renouncing, refusing to renounce, and/or refusing to advocate a belief or cause of either a religious or secular nature (Brittanica, 2015)
In the wake of everything happening with Kim Davis, North Carolina magistrates are now refusing to conduct same-sex weddings. Magistrates in Mormon states also refuse to conduct weddings between homosexuals. Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger is the original sponsor of the law protecting citizens in the state with a population of nearly 10 million. He indicated that the new legislation in North Carolina acts as a preventative measure to protect people of faith — like Davis — from losing their freedom to exercise their religious beliefs, as guaranteed to citizens by the U.S. Constitution. (Haverluck, 2015)
Kim Davis was found in contempt of a court order on Thursday, and was jailed for such, by Judge David Bunning. Judge Bunning has agreed to release Davis if she agrees not to let her religious ideology interfere with her work, and agree to issue licenses to gay couples as she was deputized to do. She was deputized to follow the orders of the court for all Miller said she was saddened that Davis had chosen to remain in jail after Judge Bunning approved a proposal by the plaintiffs’ attorneys to allow the clerk to be released if she agreed not to interfere with her deputies issuing licenses for gay couples. As of now though, she is standing on faith. Where do you stand?
OUR TWO CENTS:
The Bible may not talk about same-sex marriage, as this was not something in biblical times. However, the Bible does address homosexuality, and it does condemn homosexuality as an immoral and unnatural sin. The Bible talks about marriage, and how men and women were supposed to be together. It talks about how marriage is complementary to a man and a woman.
“‘Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable.”
Homosexual marrying involves the inclusions of two men or two women committing to holy matrimony. These actions are denounced in the Bible. The desire to be with a member of the same sex in a sexual relationship is disparaged in the Bible. Therefore, it is clear that homosexuals marrying, is not the will of the Heavenly Father.
1 Corinthians 7:2-16
Whenever the Bible mentions marriage, it is between a male and a female. But since sexual immorality is occurring, each man should have sexual relations with his own wife, and each woman with her own husband. The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband. The wife does not have authority over her own body but yields it to her husband. In the same way, the husband does not have authority over his own body but yields it to his wife. Do not deprive each other except perhaps by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. I say this as a concession, not as a command. I wish that all of you were as I am. But each of you has your own gift from God; one has this gift, another has that. Now to the unmarried and the widows I say: It is good for them to stay unmarried, as I do. But if they cannot control themselves, they should marry, for it is better to marry than to burn with passion. To the married I give this command (not I, but the Lord): A wife must not separate from her husband. But if she does, she must remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband. And a husband must not divorce his wife. To the rest I say this (I, not the Lord): If any brother has a wife who is not a believer and she is willing to live with him, he must not divorce her. And if a woman has a husband who is not a believer and he is willing to live with her, she must not divorce him. For the unbelieving husband has been sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife has been sanctified through her believing husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy. But if the unbeliever leaves, let it be so. The brother or the sister is not bound in such circumstances; God has called us to live in peace. How do you know, wife, whether you will save your husband? Or, how do you know, husband, whether you will save your wife?
Most same-sex people will argue, that marriage has nothing to do with God, the Bible or Religion. It’s about two people who love each other wanting to be together. It’s about, love. However, marriage has always been ordained by God. Therefore, this couldn’t be further from the truth. You can make any situation appear to reflect something good or something bad. However, the bottom line is –
~So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.” That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.
And as Christians, we cannot ignore sin. We are supposed to share God’s love and encourage forgiveness. We do so by spreading God’s word from the Bible. Some people might say, “Well, the Bible was written by this person, or such things in the Bible may not be true.” Well, if they believe such, then it is us for us to remind them of the truth in love; what they were saying marriage is all about.
~Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.
1 Peter 3:15
~But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.
Regardless of how we feel about marriage, same-sex marriage, about each other, because of the ways we live, or the ways we choose to partner in our lives; we should continue to try and love each other as brothers and sisters, and to bring God’s words to them, so that they could learn about his ways.
We should continue to remember the words of Jesus:
“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world,
it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen
you out of the world.”