While it appears that most people reading my post about Kim Davis understood my point, others (either in the comments, in e-mail, or on other blogs) seemed to have totally misunderstood me and feel I am against her stance — and I’m really 100% for her. I think perhaps I confused the issue when I was trying to show different stances to take and the proper actions to take based on those stances — sort of muddied the water a bit. So I want to revisit the issue by explaining what a Christian’s duty is if the law of the land (or any order from any authority) contradicts with the law of God.
Romans 13:1-5: 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. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.
The problem here is that too many people think resigning would have been demonstrating selfishness, cowardice, etc, and even that it would prevent her from making a clear public declaration of rebellion against unjust laws. BUT, our stand for God is to glorify God and to not bring glory to ourselves for our martyrdom.
This was the point of my original article; that if she was standing only on Rom. 13 and 1 Pet 2, then her only recourse would be to resign. BUT, since she had another option to honor God by honoring her oath to legitimate authority, to the legal protection she had, then this gave her another recourse for righteous refusal, and was the course that should have been taken if she wanted to refuse to resign.
Now, I have to admit that the media may have not properly reported the chain of events in regards to Kim’s decisions in what to claim as reasons, and it’s also possible she made statements regarding such decisions without thinking about what they actually entailed in regards to Rom. 13/1 Per 2. With further progress of the story, it seems that the defense is being made that the laws did not change and therefore she was duty-bound to her oath of office. I’m really happy to see this is the defense.
However, Christians need to understand that she was never persecuted for her faith (at least not yet). We need to not claim martyrdom just because faith is involved in our everyday decisions. This is the wrong sort of publicity for our cause unless it is 100% factual. The stand being taken demonstrating judicial tyranny to the whole nation is what is good for all Americans and not just those who are Christian.
I do have one final thought where Davis, in my opinion, acted wrongly if she is going by her oath of office. She refused to issue ANY marriage licenses so as to not be accused of discrimination. However, since the law recognizes real marriage, she should have continued to issue those licenses all the while refusing same-sex licenses based not on her claims of what God does or does not allow, but on what the law she took an oath to uphold allowed!
UPDATE 1:50 PM. According to the latest news, Kim Davis is NOT appealing to her oath to uphold the law, rather she is still appealing to the fact that she considers same-sex marriage to be a sin. "Davis, an apostolic Christian, says gay marriage is a sin. She also says it would be a sin for her to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple because the licenses are issued under her authority." Since she is not appealing to the legal option available as noted above, then she has only ONE legitimate response and that is to resign. Her refusal to do so is wrong!