The Cause Is Christ

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I’m not against Kim Davis. Really, I’m not.

But I’m not for gay marriage either. In fact I’m against it. I believe the issue at hand shouldn’t be “for Kim/against gay marriage” or “against Kim/for gay marriage”.

I don’t believe it’s what the bible teaches. 

However, it’s my opinion that Kim Davis was wrong in not issuing the “couple” a marriage license. It was her job, and according to the latest SCOTUS ruling (or opinion, if you prefer), like it or not it was her duty.

By the way, everyone will someday find out the Bible is true; God does NOT condone same sex marriage, and He NEVER has. But this post isn’t about marriage.

If a gay person was county clerk and a heterosexual couple applied for a license, well you know what I’m getting at.

Yes, Peter and John made their famous statement when they were standing before the religious leaders back in the day.

“But Peter and John answered them, ‘Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge, for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard.'” (Acts 4:19-20 ESV)

They stood their ground in spite of persecution; both verbal and physical.

But Peter and John were preaching Christ, not working in a county courthouse.

A lot of folks are weighing in on Kim Davis’ decision to not issue a marriage license to the gay “couple”. I wonder what the scripture says? 

Servants, respectfully obey your earthly masters but always with an eye to obeying the real master, Christ. Don’t just do what you have to do to get by, but work heartily, as Christ’s servants doing what God wants you to do. And work with a smile on your face, always keeping in mind that no matter who happens to be giving the orders, you’re really serving God. Good work will get you good pay from the Master, regardless of whether you are slave or free.” (Ephesians 6:5 MSG)

“Be a good citizen. All governments are under God. Insofar as there is peace and order, it’s God’s order. So live responsibly as a citizen. If you’re irresponsible to the state, then you’re irresponsible with God, and God will hold you responsible. Duly constituted authorities are only a threat if you’re trying to get by with something. Decent citizens should have nothing to fear. Do you want to be on good terms with the government? Be a responsible citizen and you’ll get on just fine, the government working to your advantage. But if you’re breaking the rules right and left, watch out. The police aren’t there just to be admired in their uniforms. God also has an interest in keeping order, and he uses them to do it. That’s why you must live responsibly – not just to avoid punishment but also because it’s the right way to live.” (Romans 13:1-3 MSG)

“Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.” (Titus 3:1-2 ESV)

“Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor. Servants, be subject to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the unjust.” (1 Peter 2:13-18 ESV)

I’m seeing a number of posts on social media regarding Kim’s decision. This one will add to the mix.

I honor her for standing by her convictions. It took a lot of moxie, if nothing else, to ignore the court order. 

But now the Christian Community has unanimously voted her the poster child for civil disobedience. For a while, Phil Robertson was “our” hero. Now it’s Kim Davis.

I’m sure neither Kim nor Phil wanted that title. But, to a lot of Christians, that doesn’t seem to matter.

It’s kind of like King Saul of old. Goliath defied the God of Israel but neither Saul nor anyone else would accept Goliath’s challenge.

But when David stood up and took the giant’s head off his shoulders, wow, NOW they had a cause. Now they had a rallying point.

That was then. The Israelis looked stupid then, and, I don’t like saying it, the Christians don’t act much better.

Year after year the Christians gripe about the government, complain about society, and act all high and mighty when it comes time to vote. Many stay home because they can’t vote for a Mormon, or a rich guy, or a Catholic, or a monkey (just kidding). 

So year after year nothing positive is done, while the morals of the nation sink into the toilet.

But let a county clerk mistakenly (my opinion) defy a court order…

It’s fighting time! 

No, it’s not. It’s time we take up our cross and follow Jesus.

Not Kim or Phil.

The cause is Christ.

  8 comments for “The Cause Is Christ

  1. September 5, 2015 at 10:51 am

    You fail to mention that if an authority figure asks you to sin, you are not obligated to obey. Without including that into the discussion, this article is near meaningless.

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    • theparousia@msn.com
      September 5, 2015 at 3:24 pm

      Signing a piece of paper didn’t authorize the sin. The government already did that, and the people requesting the license bear the burden of wrong doing.

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      • September 5, 2015 at 4:56 pm

        That is obviously your view but I would challenge you to prove that by Scripture. At best, for your position, this falls into the area of opinion. As such, we must respect where her conscience draws the line and not cast strong judgement or attempt to force her to accept our view. I believe she is correct for refusing but question whether she should have quit or done what she did.

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      • theparousia@msn.com
        September 5, 2015 at 5:54 pm

        That’s fine. I wasn’t trying to get her to change. I simply gave my opinion, based on my understanding of the scriptures.

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  2. September 5, 2015 at 10:53 am

    “Monkey” is a racist term there is nothing funny about using the term. Are you kidding or a hypothetical person using the term?

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    • theparousia@msn.com
      September 5, 2015 at 3:26 pm

      Never meant anything by monkey; could have said kangaroo.

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      • September 5, 2015 at 4:57 pm

        Now that you do know what that term means, you could correct it.

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      • theparousia@msn.com
        September 5, 2015 at 5:55 pm

        No need, Kangaroo would probably offend someone else. I’ll just leave it like it is. But, thanks for the education.

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