Judicial tyrants in black robes have been stripping civil liberties from Christians for decades. But what was once a gentle and almost imperceptible erosion has turned now into a full-scale avalanche. The latest victim to be buried under a pile of legalistic debris is Kim Davis.
She is the county clerk in Rowan County, Kentucky, who has refused, for reasons of conscience and Christian principle, to issue licenses for sodomy-based marriages. She is not only morally right, she is legally and constitutionally right, since there is no law that compels her or even authorizes her to issue such licenses. (There is a Supreme Court ruling, to be sure, but that ruling is nothing more than a sheer, naked exercise of raw judicial power which ignores the Constitution altogether.)
So as I write, Kim Davis is in jail. She has been imprisoned in America for the crime of being a Christian.
Rosa Parks was jailed in 1955 for the crime of being black. She spent but one day in jail, yet her refusal to go the back of the bus, in brazen and bold civil defiance of an actual law, lit the match of the civil rights movement.
Kim Davis is our Rosa Parks. Now it must be noted that Mrs. Davis, is not, like Mrs. Parks, being punished for civil disobedience, but rather for an act of brazen and bold civil obedience. In Mrs. Davis’ favor is the simple and manifest truth that she is fulfilling the oath she took to uphold the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the state of Kentucky.
The Constitution of the United States is utterly silent on the subject of marriage and homosexuality, which means under the 10th Amendment of the Founders’ Constitution the issue is left for the states to decide. And the state of Kentucky decided the issue by elevating protection for man-woman marriage to its state constitution in 2004 with 75% of the vote. Mrs. Davis is just doing the job she took an oath to do, by refusing to issue licenses which, under Kentucky law and the federal Constitution, she has no legal authority to grant.
So Kim Davis languishes in jail in our day as Rosa Parks did in hers.
To change the analogy, she is our Daniella in the lion’s den. She is an authentic American hero. I watched video of homosexual activists storming her office this week, belligerently screaming slogans at Kim Davis as she stood alone behind the counter against this hateful mob. She never once raised her voice, but was unfailingly calm, self-controlled, and courteous, and uttered no vitriol or threats in return. If you’re looking for a living, breathing example of obedience to Christ’s admonition to turn the other cheek and love your enemies, look no further than Kim Davis.
Now the question is whether the body of Christ will join her defenders or her accusers. We’ve had Christian leaders for years telling us we need people of courage and boldness to step up and take a stand for the truth and the gospel in the face of hatred and persecution. Well, Kim Davis has responded to the challenge. Will we stand with her, by her, and for her, or abandon her in our silence?
It’s now the job of the press to get every GOP candidate for president, all 17 of them, on record. Do you support or condemn Kim Davis? American voters need to know. Will you, as a candidate for president, join Gov. Mike Huckabee, Sen. Ted Cruz, Gov. Bobby Jindal and Sen. Rand Paul in open support of her, or will you, like Donald Trump, Carly Fiorina, Chris Christie, and Lindsey Graham, push her off the platform and under the train?
In my view, every pastor in every pulpit in America should honor her by name this weekend and lead his congregation in prayer for her. If we pray for Saeed Abedini, imprisoned in a Muslim country for his Christian faith, we certainly must pray for Kim Davis, imprisoned in a Christian country for her Christian faith.
So, church, we have a hero to defend. Will we do it? We’ll find out on Sunday.