As I have read the stories and listened to reports about Commonwealth of Kentucky Court Clerk Kim Davis, who has been charged with contempt of court and ordered to jail for lawfully exercising her First Amendment Constitutional Right to refuse to issue marriage licenses to two homosexual men, I am ashamed, embarrassed and disgusted. This single woman has done something that she should have never had to do alone.
As a Christian, the heroic decision of Kentucky Court Clerk Kim Davis, makes me ashamed that I have allowed to pass, too many opportunities to speak out against the malignant sexual depravity that is being permitted to flourish in our culture. Where are the pastors? Where are other Christians? Every real Christian knows that when the laws of men conflict with the Supreme Law of God, the laws of men must be rejected. Shall we obey a sinister state or federal government or shall we obey God? That is the question that each of us will soon have to answer.
As a man, I’m embarrassed that this brave woman in Kentucky is demonstrating more courage, good character and integrity than many men in similar positions in the Commonwealth of Virginia, many of whom call themselves Christians. How many congressmen or senators believe in anything enough to risk spending time in jail to defend it? How many of us men would dare to take such a bold stand?
It is the role of men to be the standard bearers in our families and in our society, but too many of us have allowed Hollywood, the media and the voices of people unknown, to dictate to us what a man is and how he should conduct himself, and we have done so to our own harm.
As an American, I’m disgusted that so few of us have a working knowledge of our Constitution or our government. Since the Supreme Court has no authority to make law, striking down state bans against same-sex pseudo-marriages does not afford lesbian or homosexual couples any rights under the U.S. Constitution that they did not possess prior to the ruling in Obergefell vs. Hodges. However, it’s up to the people of this country to accept or refuse to accept the unauthorized and un-Constitutional edict of a craven majority of Supreme Court “justices.”
Even more disgusting than the outrageous actions of “justices” and judges who exceed their authority, is the many self-righteous marginal “Christians” who join with the ACLU, the so-called “People for the American Way,” the Christian-bashing left and the holiness-hating homophiles in screaming Ms. Davis’ condemnation. Some say that she should obey the law. The fact is that she is obeying the law. Law is not made by judicial decree in the United States of America, and rights can neither be invented nor repealed by judges or even by presidents.
Kim Davis has been referred to as today’s Rosa Parks. It was Martin Luther King Jr. who said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” He was right about that. We are seeing injustice occurring at an alarming rate, but most of us are reluctant to speak against it. Sometimes, it’s because of our ignorance, but more often, we simply don’t want to get involved. This can only be the result of cowardice.
I rather think of Kim Davis as a female incarnation of the Old Testament prophet Daniel, who has been thrown into prison by a pagan ruler, (federal “judge” David L. Bunning) for refusing to bow to the illegitimate and impotent god of this world. I envy her because I know that the One True God is with her now and will bless her enormously for her courage. Surely she knows that, like Esther, she was “born for such a time as this.”
The liberty to do what is evil, perverse and depraved must never be given preeminence over the Constitutionally-guaranteed right to do what is good, honorable and righteous. When it does, America ceases to be the land of the free and the home of the brave. We are going to have to decide for what purpose we are free. Are we free to do good or shall we seize the liberty to be as wicked as we please? It could well be that each of us was also born exactly for such a time as this.
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