I came home to relax and catch up on the news of the day and am bombarded with articles about the Rowan County Clerk of Court denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples although the United States government legislated it to be legal to do so. The clerk sited her religious convictions as the reason behind her denial to issue licenses.
This is the resulting display of what happens when the government of the United States passes legislation that goes against the majority of it citizenry. More than that, what if the legislation goes against God’s Holy Word? There is more of this type of confrontational scenes to come.
- Should the clerk be forced to quit her job because her conviction is not in agreement with the law of the land?
- Should the clerk be forced to sign her name to a document that goes against her conviction? The law changed long after she was employed there.
- Couldn’t the same-sex couples have gone to a nearby county to secure their license? Should they have too? Were they looking for confrontation?
- If people of faith which forbids same-sex marriages step aside then aren’t they conceding to a biblical precept which would mark them as disobedient to Christian principles and precepts?
- Same-sex couples want to equate inter-racial marriage with same-sex marriages. Is that a legitimate comparison?
Legislation is forcing Christians to choose between honoring God or the law. The bible teaches Christians are to render to the government the things which are there’s and to God the things which are His. That’s not a problem along as the two are in agreement. Once the agreement ends then what?
“Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves. For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same; for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil. Therefore it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of wrath, but also for conscience’ sake. For because of this you also pay taxes, for rulers are servants of God, devoting themselves to this very thing. Render to all what is due them: tax to whom tax is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.” Romans 13:1-7 NASB
Government would do well to understand by whose authority they exist. According to holy scripture they are there as representatives for God. To dis-align themselves with scriptural mandates makes them, at the very least, false representatives.
What would I have done? Sitting away from the scene and in the comfort of my home I think I would not force my family into a financial struggle by quitting my job as a clerk of court because of my refusal to agree to the government law. Neither would I sign my name to a document I can not in good conscious align with my faith and belief in holy scripture.
For me it is not a matter of respect or disrespect. God shows no partiality and neither should I. God is no respector of persons. I am to have the mind of Christ in me that is in Him. Love abounds beyond sexual and other factors. Love regardless of sexual preferences.
The same-sex couple in Rowan County, KY, were rude and unloving. Christianity is regarded as a religion when it is better described as a relationship. A true disciple of Christ cannot divorce his/her relationship with Christ just because of where they work.
Avoid the confrontation. Allow the same-sex couple to go where a county clerk doesn’t have a religious objection even though they are having to go to extra measures. They love each other then it is worth it. Allow the clerk who has the religious convictions to maintain her devotion to Christian principles of faith. It is an act of respect and both get what they want. I know it’s not a perfect solution but the person of faith that forbids same-sex marriage and the same-sex couple both get their respective end resulting both sides respecting the personal views of the other.
Consider the following biblical account where the government and God collided. Particularly verse twenty nine.
“But the high priest rose up, along with all his associates (that is the sect of the Sadducees), and they were filled with jealousy. They laid hands on the apostles and put them in a public jail. But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the gates of the prison, and taking them out he said, “Go, stand and speak to the people in the temple the whole message of this Life.” Upon hearing this, they entered into the temple about daybreak and began to teach. Now when the high priest and his associates came, they called the Council together, even all the Senate of the sons of Israel, and sent orders to the prison house for them to be brought. But the officers who came did not find them in the prison; and they returned and reported back, saying, “We found the prison house locked quite securely and the guards standing at the doors; but when we had opened up, we found no one inside.” Now when the captain of the temple guard and the chief priests heard these words, they were greatly perplexed about them as to what would come of this. But someone came and reported to them, “The men whom you put in prison are standing in the temple and teaching the people!” Then the captain went along with the officers and proceeded to bring them back without violence (for they were afraid of the people, that they might be stoned). When they had brought them, they stood them before the Council. The high priest questioned them, saying, “We gave you strict orders not to continue teaching in this name, and yet, you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.” But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men. The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom you had put to death by hanging Him on a cross. He is the one whom God exalted to His right hand as a Prince and a Savior, to grant repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins. And we are witnesses of these things; and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him.”” Acts 5:17-32 NASB
Until Next Time