Friday, September 4, 2015

“Is Kim Davis right to have refused licenses to gays?”

It is my belief that the Bible prohibits gay marriage, but Kim Davis’s reaction seems a little bit preposterous. The fact that she has been married four times waters down a great deal her moral authority. Furthermore, when a hostile crowd came to Joash to complain that his son, Gideon had destroyed the temple of Baal, he told them, “…Will ye plead for Baal? Will ye save him? He that will plead for him, let him be put to death whilst it is yet morning: if he be a god, let him plead for himself, because one hath cast down his altar (Judges 6:31).”  Is God that too weak to defend Himself? I believe that in the face of a conflict between the authority of man and that of God, Christians “ought to obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29). In one of my articles, “When Should Christians Disobey Their Government?” I explained that Christians could disobey the law of man, if it conflicts with the law of God, but Kim Davis’ situation is very different.
She is an elected official. Which means that she campaigned for the position and knew the job responsibilities. The constitution is very clear about the separation of church and state. Reading what Christians write when I disagree with them on conservative websites, I definitely agree that there should be clear separation between church and state. This is serious because you cannot imagine a Muslim clerk refusing a license to women  because it goes contrary to his beliefs that women should not drive, or imagine an atheist refusing a marriage license to Christians because they believe in God, something totally against her religion. Let us say that there is a county clerk out there who does not believe in digamy, and she refuses to issue marriage license to people who have been divorced because it is against her belief, even once. Would Kim Davis love the idea?
Kim Davis’ situation is different from the case of Daniel, Meshack, Shadrack and Abednego or even the disciples. In this case, you have the choice to resign. In theirs, they had to bow or die. The choice she had was either to sign the license or resign. By signing those licenses, Kim’s faith is not affected in anyway. It is not about heaven or hell, salvation or damnation. It is a personal choice that each of us must makes. Jesus was a prime example on how to handle a law that you disagreed with, and you had a choice to obey, without it affecting your trust and belief in God.
There are times when a Christian can disobey the government. That is if the law of man conflicts with the law of God, and she/he has no way out of it. In this case, she has two alternatives: resign and not partake in their evil or remain and issue the licenses. However, she cannot remain and then refuse to issue the licenses because it would be disobedience to authority. It is on basis of that doctrine that Jesus paid his taxes. His disciples did not want him to pay taxes, but he advised them, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's." 
There is an earthly authority called Caesar, and we must give to Caesar what is Caesar and to God what is God (Matthew 22:21).  It simply means that the Christians are not exempt from obeying the rules of their earthly governments when they do not infract the laws of God. Sometimes though, the Christians will not be committing sin if they disobey certain laws, but because they are not inherently sinful, though inconvenient, they should respect them for the sake of peace and societal tact (Matthew 17:27).
The time to fight this battle physically has passed. Now that it has become the law of the land, the Christians must kowtow but wrestle the “principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” that have taken a stranglehold of this country. In general, the Christians must supplicate, pray and intercede for all men, including kings and all those in authority, whether we agree with them or not, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceably life on earth (I Timothy 2:1-2; I Peter. 2:13-15, 17). Remember that your peace shall depend upon the land in which you dwell (Jeremiah 29:7). The law of the spirit governs the spiritual man, and the law of the flesh governs the physical man (Romans 7:23; Galatians 5:16). The Christians cannot be taken out of the world; consequently, they can only be preserved from evil because they are not of this world (John 17:15-17).

Nonetheless, although she is not right, she does not deserve jail time. 

Until then, I believe that she has misunderstood the word.

 St Arrey of Ntenako

“Bonyfish beware because the same net that caught the jawless fish, caught the cartilaginous fish” (Hamilton Ayuk). Beware earthly paradise seekers because there is a serpent in every paradise"(Hamilton Ayuk). "If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable." (I Cor 15:19). "It is not how well you know a person; it is how well you treat them that they will live longer and happier with you." Hamilton Ayuk. Idle people write, idler people read, and idlest people read and whine that idle people are taking their time (Hamilton Ayuk).

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