Friday, September 04, 2015
Kentucky County Clerk Jailed for her Faith
Kim Davis has become the first Christian in America to be jailed as a result of the Supreme Court decision regarding so-called gay "marriage".
Yesterday afternoon Kim Davis, the elected Rowan County clerk, was escorted out of the court room by a deputy and turned over to the custody of US marshals because she cannot issue a same-sex marriage license.
US District Judge David Bunning has ordered her to be jailed because he says it is his only alternative. The judge believes if he merely fined her she would not comply with his order.
He has ordered her jailed until she complies with his order to issue "marriage" licenses to homosexual couples.
Homosexual activists and others on the secular left are calling Kim a hypocrite on the matter of marriage.
But what lies at the heart of this matter is why Kim feels so passionate about her biblical faith. And her actions that have caused her to be thrown in jail.
Comments by Republican presidential candidates are interesting. Two of them think she's wrong.
Liberty Counsel, a Christian law firm, will be representing Kim Davis.
Matt Staver, founder of Liberty, explained yesterday that Kim became a Christian 4 years ago. Following her acceptance of Jesus Christ, her life and lifestyle dramatically changed.
Her adversaries, including homosexual activists, the ACLU and the major news networks are mocking and attempting to demonize her, calling her a hypocrite while reporting that she has been married 4 times.
Staver says all that was before she found Jesus Christ as her personal Savior.
Her new life in Christ is the passion seen in her actions.
Interestingly, Judge David Bunning was appointed by George W. Bush but has been both liberal and activist in his rulings regarding abortion and so-called "gay rights."
I was interested in what the Republican presidential candidates thought about the matter.
Two presidential candidates have spoken out against her actions.
Think Progress, a progressive left publication, gathered the comments made by Republican candidates concerning this matter.
According to them, 2 candidates think she is wrong. They, of course, agree with the 2.
Carly Fiorina, on Hugh Hewitt's radio program, urged Davis "to follow the law or resign."
Candidate Lindsay Graham, also on Hugh Hewitt's radio program said that "as a public official, Davis must comply or resign."
Candidate Mike Huckabee made a very strong case in her support.
He said, "The only law she's following is the Kentucky law, which by constitutional amendment defines marriage as a man and a woman. The specific form that she is required to fill out for a marriage license specifically requires male and female."
Huckabee said, "Now if the Kentucky Legislature decides that they agree with the Supreme Court and they change the laws of Kentucky, that's a whole different thing."
He noted that President Abraham Lincoln disregarded the Supreme Court's 1857 Dred Scott ruling; and President Thomas Jefferson against "judicial tyranny" that would result "if court rulings became law without action by the other two branches of government."
"The Supreme Court can determine something by way of review, according to Marbury v. Madison, but they can't implement it without enacting an enabling law," he said.
Huckabee said he is concerned because, "I think we are getting close to what Jefferson said that if we allow the Judicial Branch just to make up law without the people's elected representatives, you turn the Constitution into a thing of wax."
In ordering Kim Davis to jail, Judge Bunning also warned deputy clerks around the state that they "would suffer the same fate should they refuse to issue marriage licenses to gay couples."
Kim Davis does not take this job lightly. She, a Democrat, was elected to take the place of her mother who held the position for nearly 40 years. Kim had worked in the clerk's office prior to her election as deputy clerk.
She says, "This is a heaven or hell issue for me and for every other Christian that believes---This is a fight worth fighting."
Davis hasn't always been a Christian. Her life and lifestyle dramatically changed when she accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior 4 years ago.
Prior to that time she had been married 4 times. What is missing in this story that the media and her adversaries are obsessed with, is that her life has been radically changed.
"I once was lost, but now I'm found."
She says she once lived for the devil, but now she lives for God. She refers to herself as "a sinner saved by grace."
She says, "I had created such a pit of sin for myself with my very own hands."
And to those who call her a hypocrite? "All I can say to them is if they have a sordid past like what I had, they too can receive the cleansing and renewing, and can start a fresh life and they can be different---They don't have to remain in their sin, there's hope for tomorrow," she says.
The media is casting her as a monster---a right wing homophobe hypocrite, but she says she doesn't hate gays, she simply loves God and His Word.
"I don't leave my conscience and my Christian soul out in my vehicle and come in here and pretend to be something I'm not," she says.
She also said, "It's easy to talk the talk, but can you walk the walk?"
Davis did not seek the national spotlight, but she stands in its glare.
This is not an isolated event in Kentucky. Much of what America is all about hangs in the balance.
Davis says, "I'm just a vessel God has chosen for this time and this place. I'm no different than any other Christian. It was my appointed time to stand, and their time will come."
This story is going to get bigger, not smaller.
I personally believe it will serve to spark an even greater debate across the country. There is an awakening happening in this country. Perhaps it isn't necessarily spiritual, but it is partially spiritual---it is cultural as well.
This is not the America our Founders envisioned, nor is it the America millions of our sons and daughters and family members died to preserve and defend.
"I am just a vessel"----"This is my appointed time to stand"---others "Time will come."
The looming question is personal: Most can talk the talk---"But can you walk the walk?"
Will the church stand for righteousness with possible personal cost attached?
Or will we duck out in favor of a motivational seminar?
I believe we are preparing to stand for righteousness in ways the secular progressives can't even grasp.