Amos was a shepherd. David was a shepherd boy. Moses was a murderer. Matthew was a tax collector. Peter was a fisherman. Paul, then known as Saul, may have been the worst sinner of all—a lawyer. And the Savior of the world was literally born in a barn and grew up to be a manual laborer.
Yet the words and works of these individuals with checkered pasts inspired the Western Civilization whose shoulders American Exceptionalism rests upon.
And they have apparently inspired a nondescript, everyday county clerk with a checkered past of her own named Kim Davis, too.
Davis is not exactly a heroine from central casting. She’s been divorced and remarried multiple times, and even been – gasp! – a Democrat. She’s never been a Fortune 500 CEO. She didn’t marry a promising guy she met at an Ivy League school, and then ride his coat-tails all the way to the U.S. Senate. She wasn’t born with a silver spoon in her mouth. She doesn’t look or sound like any of the glamorous people who dominate our feckless and plastic political class.
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Worse yet, she’s even from Kentucky. One of them backward “red states” where bitter clingers that still believe in “Jee-Zus” live. If the culture war were a schoolyard game between two teams selecting the best players for their respective sides, Davis might be picked last. See, as a species we have a materialistic tendency to judge based on what we see from the outside.
However, history is determined by those who have what it takes on the inside.
And although I’ve never met the woman, best as I can tell Davis appears to be made of the right stuff on the inside. Because she’s been remade from the inside-out. Her faith has changed her, as my faith changed me, and made her a new creation. One with a titanium spine. One capable of doing what all the other glamorous people in our political class, who sipped their dirty martinis and negotiated their next book contracts while our constitutional republic burned, were either unwilling or incapable of doing.
She’s drawing a line in the sand against those who seek to not only violate the rule of law and the will of the people, but basic decency and decorum.
Predictably, the system is revolted someone of her modest ilk would dare defy its corruption and call its own horse puckey. But what I find far more revolting is all the so-called conservative and/or Christian “leaders” who have lined up to throw her under the bus faster than you can say “Judge Roy Moore.”
Perhaps some of them really lack the worldview to truly grasp the profound truth this simple woman is standing for, and in that case I cannot blame them. For the watering down of the church and the surrender of our schools to pagan progressivism in this last generation has unfortunately made it possible to be a patriot at heart, all the while lacking the worldview in the head it takes to develop the courage of conviction to preserve our liberty and God-given rights in the first place. As a prophet of old once lamented, “my people perish for a lack of knowledge.”
To those in this camp I humbly say, “come now and let us reason together.” Let us discuss whether Daniel, as a public official, was right to refuse to obey Babylon’s decree to cease worshiping God, or if he should’ve just obeyed “the law” and never risked the lion’s den in the first place? Or whether our Founding Fathers should’ve just obeyed “the law” from King George III, and never have written nor executed a Declaration of Independence?
But then there are the smarty-pants, the thumb-suckers, and the bed-wetters who profess with their mouths how much they love the Lord and want their fellow believers to engage the political process, only to then condemn patriots like Davis when they do. Maybe it’s because true courage of conviction in the face of evil exposes their half-hearted, pretend activism they’ve been profiting off of all these years prior. It pays well to never win, and then continue raising money and writing books off the people you feign fighting for as the (losing) battle rages on.
Meanwhile, the Left takes more and more ground, until the ground is shrinking beneath our feet.
There is a cancer in our movement, and it’s the fact that we’ve ceased being one and have become an industry instead. Too many faux pundits, proxies, and politicians are making too much bank pretending to fight statism. Thus, when a humble judge from Alabama a decade ago, or an even humbler woman from Kentucky now, stand up to take seriously all that principled stuff we put in our books and blogs, or say on Fox News and talk radio, we race to undermine them before even the progressives can. Better for one serious patriot to die than for our failure theater that makes us serious bank to perish.
It’s just our way. And it’s why we lose. Every. Single. Time.
Well, I don’t know about you, but I’d rather get in a cultural fox hole with Kim Davis than all these wolves in sheep’s clothing any day of the week, and twice on Sunday—when Davis appears to actually be paying attention to the message and not sleeping in or waiting for it to end because the donuts await.
Besides, Davis is in some fine company.
One may well ask: How can you advocate breaking some laws and obeying others? The answer lies in the fact that there are two types of laws: just and unjust. I would be the first to advocate obeying just laws.
One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws. I would agree with St. Augustine that ‘an unjust law is no law at all.’
… I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for law…if today I lived in a Communist country where certain principles dear to the Christian faith are suppressed, I would openly advocate disobeying that country’s antireligious laws.
Those are the eloquent words of none other than Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. in his epic Letter from a Birmingham Jail.
So let me close by quoting another a famous wordsmith who has these words for Davis, as well as those who seek to do what is right in a time when right is called wrong: “Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of your master.”
First published at Conservative Review
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