Standing for Christ – Driven by love or force?
There have been a lot of support for Rowan County Clerk, Kim Davis, from Christians around the world. Whilst I applaud her for standing for her convictions, I struggle to accept her behavior as Christian.
Here is my understanding of this whole situation.
- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution allows homosexual couples the right to get married.
- All county clerks were required by law to issue licenses to gay couples. The Rowan County Clerk refused to accept this requirement and she stopped issuing marriage license to all couples. She also prevented all the deputy clerks in her office to issue any marriage license.
- By doing that she used her own person convictions to prevent the citizens of Rowan County the right to receive a marriage license from a government office. She also imposed her own personal convictions on her staff who did not share the same convictions as her.
- Four couples sued her. The ruling of the circuit court was that she had to issue marriage license. She appealed and asked for stays pending that appeal. But the courts, including the Supreme Court, denied the stays. She still refused to issue licenses.
- Kim Davis was then called before the Ashland Circuit Court to face contempt of court charges. The judge tried hard to work with her suggesting that the deputy clerks could issue the licenses so that she does not have to compromise her convictions. 5 of the 6 deputy clerks were willing to issue licenses (deputy clerk who was not prepared to issue the licenses was Kim Davis’ son who was employed by her). The judge showed grace to Kim Davis by allowing her to hold on to her religious convictions. But Kin Davis, by not allowing the deputies to issue licenses insisted that her religious convictions must be upheld by her entire office. This, to me, is not reasonable and unChristian.The judge had no choice but to hold her in contempt and to throw her into prison. No she is not in prison for her Christian convictions but because she refused to allow her office to issue any licenses. She is in prison because she wanted to force others to believe the way she does.
If I was in that situation where my convictions are in conflict with my employers, I would resign rather than force my workmates and my employers to follow or live by my convictions. If I use force to stand for Christ, then I am no different to other religioys terrorists who place undue pressure on others to accept and follow their faith. As a follower of Christ I am driven by love, not force.