I cannot help but admire Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who was jailed last week over her refusal to issue marriage licenses to homosexual couples. She bases her belief on Scripture – that homosexual behavior is unbiblical and that nowhere in the Bible does God sanction any marriage other than one man to one woman. Interestingly, no one can remove her from office except the voters, because she was elected. Of course, that does not keep a judge from jailing her.
Naturally, the media and prevailing public sentiment is not in her favor. The media and government always find it admirable when a left-leaning individual violates the law due to conscience. That is why there is no condemnation of the so-called “sanctuary cities” in the U.S., which are illegal. We all admire individuals like the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. over his peaceful demonstrations for civil rights. The demonstrations were actually in violation of the law at that time – based on principle and conscience and his understanding of Scripture. But along comes an evangelical like Kim Davis, who chooses an issue that is not “politically correct,” and she receives no sympathy from the media or the courts or much of the public.
When I think of Kim Davis, however, I am reminded of the words of the story of the apostles John and Peter in Acts 4. They were commanded by the legal authorities to cease preaching the name of Jesus Christ in public. Responded Peter & John: “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.” After spending a night in prison simply for their beliefs, they continued to preach the name of Jesus Christ.
America should have stood up to the tyranny of judges many years ago. It may be too late now. When U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall ruled against President Andrew Jackson in 1832, President Jackson said, “John Marshall has made his decision. Now let him enforce it.” President Jackson did not treat the chief justice as if he were God. There was a time in our history when we had a three-branch government, with equal checks and balances between the legislative, executive and judicial branches. Now, however, we have permitted the judicial to take over un-checked. The courts make up laws that were never put in nor intended to be interpreted from the Constitution.
At least Kim Davis has the courage no one else seems to show. God bless her.