You can hardly turn on the television news or talk shows, or read the newspaper without some story about Kim Davis and her “ordeal”. Conservatives are flocking to her defense for her heroic stand. Liberals are upset at her defiance of the law, and gleefully pointing out the inconsistencies of her hypocrisy.
I am amused by the far-right taking up her cause, lauding her for flaunting the law and for refusing to perform her constitutional duties. She is an elected official, and swore an oath to uphold the laws of the land.
Kim Davis if guilty of theft – of the theft of her taxpayer-funded salary from law-abiding citizens. She is being paid to perform her constitutional duties, and is not allowed to bring personal prejudice into the performance of her duties. Every week that she collects her paycheck and willfully neglects her duties, she is stealing.
As a bible believing Christian, she has a duty to obey the written word:
Romans 13:1-5 ESV
Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience.
Titus 3:1 ESV
Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work,
1 Peter 2:13-17 ESV
Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.
With these commands in mind, she really has no option but to resign her post and not fight the authorities – by fighting she is refusing to submit to the god-appointed authority of our government. The bible is crystal clear – ALL governing authorities have been appointed by god, and a bible-believing Christian has no choice but to obey those authorities.
Now keep in mind, these scriptures were coined during a time of persecution of Christians by those same authorities.
The same right-wingnuts that are defending her refusal to carry out her constitutional duties are quick to denounce Obama for what they claim is the same offense. They will hold the president, the highest office in the land, accountable on dubious claims, but will embrace a woman that is in undeniable defiance of the law of the land.
Many have noted the hypocritical nature of her stance, as she is an adulterous and has divorced three times, thrice breaking her sacred vows before god and man, and then having an affair while married and conceiving children. Acknowledging such grievous sins, as a good christian she needs to submit to the punishment for her sins, as clearly outlined in scripture:
Exodus 20:14 “You shall not commit adultery.”
Deuteronomy 22:22 “If a man is found sleeping with another man’s wife, both the man who slept with her and the woman must die.”
Leviticus 20:10 “If a man commits adultery with another man’s wife–with the wife of his neighbor–both the adulterer and the adulteress must be put to death.”
She claims to have repented, but she is still living in an adulterous relationship, which would seem to prove that her repentance was merely lip-service.
She claims to stand up for biblical definitions of marriage – however, no such definition exists. Biblical marriage includes polygamy, men having multiple concubines, the forced marriage of slaves to their owners and submission of wives to their husband’s demands.
If Kim Davis wants to live her life according to her cherry-picked commands, she is free to do so. However, she has absolutely no right to force her personal beliefs on others – nowhere in the New Testament has Jesus or any of the writers of the many letters to the churches asked or allowed political defiance of followers. The command is to love your neighbor as yourself and to love god with all your heart, mind, soul and strength. Believers are commanded to live their life as an example – and have no duty whatsoever in using legislation or law to force non-believers to adapt their lifestyle.
Kim Davis is a spiteful, pitiful example, and not to be adored as some sort of saint or figurehead, other than a figurehead in human frailty. She is claiming the right to trample the rights of other citizens with her own self-righteous actions.
So, release her from jail, and allow other religious fanatics to extract justice; who is going to pick up the first stone?