The Other Part of the Kim Davis ProblemTuesday, September 08, 2015
So I know I don't necessarily talk about it all the time, but I've mentioned on several occasions that I'm a Christian. I've seen many people in my news feed coming out in support of her for standing up for what she believes in, but I completely disagree with them. I can't support her at all.
Kim Davis is allowed to believe whatever she wants to believe. That's the beauty of the First Amendment. But Kim Davis's personal beliefs (or anyone else's, for that matter) cannot and should not interfere with the law.
If Kim Davis felt like she couldn't morally perform her job, she should have stepped down. Collecting a paycheck for refusing to do your job is also morally wrong. And let's be real here -- Kim Davis should have been removed from her post long before she was thrown into jail because she was openly defying the law. Generally speaking, most people wouldn't take (or keep) a job they disagreed with morally. If you were anti-abortion, you probably wouldn't work at a Planned Parenthood. If you were a vegetarian, you probably wouldn't get a job at a meat packer. If you were gay, you probably wouldn't work at Chick-fil-A. And if you didn't know ahead of time what might happen in a job, the second something you disagreed with on a moral basis came up, you'd probably think, "Oh, I'd better get myself out of this position".
In some circles of Christianity, defying the laws of man can be seen as a sin. I had a pastor who gave a sermon on obeying the law. Not only the law of God, but also the law of man (like obeying speed limits). By not following the laws of this country, Kim Davis is defying the law of God.
"Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God." - Romans 13:1
I'm not even going to get into Ms. Davis's personal life; it speaks for itself.
I think my biggest issue in all of this is probably the people who are supporting her. They claim that they're supporting her religious freedom, but I bet if the situation was the same, only with a non-Christian, they wouldn't be so supportive.
If someone who practiced Judaism refused to issue a license to an interfaith couple, I doubt these same people would be shouting about that person's religious freedom.
If someone who practiced Hinduism refused to issue a license to someone who ate beef, I doubt these same people would be shouting about that person's religious freedom.
If someone who practiced Islam refused to issue a license to someone because of...well, anything, really, I doubt these same people would be shouting about that person's religious freedom. In fact, some of them would probably refuse a marriage license issued by a Muslim clerk.
If you're going to claim that you are supporting someone's religious rights, you need to make sure that you would be willing to support ANYONE'S religious beliefs, even if they differ from yours. And I don't think most of these people would be willing to do that.
They don't want to support freedom of religion; they want to support freedom of Christian ideas and principles. But the fact of the matter is that this nation is comprised of many different religions and belief systems, and we can't allow the religion of some to determine the laws of this country. We need to think about what's best for the people, not what best fits Christian ideology.
If you really want to spread Christian ideals, show people what it means to be a true Christian by showing love and kindness for others. Maybe if enough Christians do that, people will start thinking of us in that way, instead of the crazy bunch of hypocritical bigots that people assume we are, thanks to people like Kim Davis.