Kim Davis And The Forgotten Pursuit

Planned Parenthood. Ashley Madison. Kim Davis. Christianity.
These have all been common themes as of late all throughout the news and the internet. Many have taken to task against Christians in a desperate hope to discredit the faith of many, and it is a sentiment that has reached widespread proportions.
In the recent wake of the situation concerning Kim Davis, a Kentucky clerk who is currently being jailed for her refusal to grant a homosexual couple a marriage license, many in the media and online have began to rally for and against Davis, with some calling her a “hero” and making her the face of religious persecution in the United States, while others are making her out to be the prime example of “religious bigotry”. Many lawmakers are questioning Davis’ grounds on her refusal to grant the marriage licenses to gay couples, often citing her constitutional freedoms to hold her views as a Christian and vague legislative laws (although Mrs. Davis has recently been released from prison and is back at work as of the time of this writing).
“Tolerance” has become a dirty word and homosexual marriage is the “hot-button issue” of the day. Things have gotten pretty heated since the SCOTUS ruling back in early June. Many in left-wing politics and supporters of the LGBT movement saw this move as a major victory for them (as made famous by the “Love Wins” hashtag and slogans). In the recent weeks and months leading up to now, there has been a steady tide of anti-Christian sentiment throughout the culture. However, there have been many vocal proponents in the Christian community that have spoken up on their views against gay marriage and have shared their thoughts on the recent controversy concerning Davis.
Albert Mohler, the president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a faithful minister and theologian, mentioned on his blog (albertmohler.com) the following statement:
“At the same time, the Christian church has long struggled to understand how Christian faithfulness is translated into faithful decisions in any number of political and legal situations. How would a faithful congregation advise Mrs. Davis to fulfill her Christian commitment? Should she remain in office and refuse to issue marriage licenses? Should she resign her office? Exhausting appeals to a higher court, should she now obey Judge Bunning’s order? Should she defy that order and go to jail?
There is no automatically right answer to these questions. Each can be rooted in Christian moral argument, and any one of these options might be argued as right under the circumstances.”
The question then becomes: was Kim Davis right in refusing the gay couple their marriage license?
Yes and no.
While it may have been illegal under government law for Davis to have refused a gay couple a marriage license, under her Christian convictions, Mrs. Davis feels it in her heart that she is doing the right thing. This also begs another question: how do we as Christians balance a spiritual life in a world that is becoming more and more secular as the days go by? I believe this is a more difficult question to answer.
A Kim Davis supporter outside of Carter County Detention Center located in Grayson, KY. (Photo: Chris Tilley, Reuters)

A Kim Davis supporter outside of Carter County Detention Center located in Grayson, KY. (Photo: Chris Tilley, Reuters)

What we are witnessing is a situation that is complicated and one that holds no easy answers all around – but even worse – it shows the fact that the current system of freedom and government in our country is flawed (if not broken). It further proves the need for a perfect government, one without blemish or flaw, one that upholds righteousness without the double-standard.
One cannot expect to have the freedom to live their lives as they see fit and then face penalization for holding on to those same beliefs. In the case of this situation, we are of course, speaking about gay marriage. The Bible is very clear on what God’s views are concerning the matter, no matter how many times one may try to twist the theology. Sin is sin, and there’s simply no arguing that. There is no simple act of reconciliation that can remedy this.

What we are witnessing is a situation that is complicated and one that holds no easy answers all around – but even worse – it shows the fact that the current system of freedom and government in our country is flawed (if not broken).

Due to such complications, what has transpired is a political game of “tug-of-war” between two conflicting cultures whose primary goals are to shift their own agendas and lifestyles to become the norm. But the more I see how both sides are acting towards one another, the more I look towards the Bible and see that something is amiss in all of this drama.
For many years, I have noticed Christians becoming heavily involved in politics here in the United States. The term “Evangelical” and “Fundamentalist” have become almost synonymous with identifying a political party (usually right-wing) rather than the word being used to describe a devout believer. The gospel message has, in turn, gone from the good news of saving grace for a sinner, to a political rally cry for those whose idea of evangelizing is standing outside a movie theater with a picket sign protesting the 7:20 pm showing of Fifty Shades of Grey. 
Please, do not get me wrong: I am not denigrating those who have gone out and protested against such atrocities like the ones Planned Parenthood has (and continues to commit) to this day. I believe it is essential for Christians to go out into our world, into the culture, and be lights to those who have no light, to be spiritual life to those who still walk in spiritual death. One of the greatest gifts that we can still afford in this country (for the time being) is speaking out about Jesus, the gospel of grace, and unrighteousness we may witness in our daily lives in an imperfect world. But perhaps where we are getting it wrong is in the fact that too many Christians in this day and age are trying too hard to change the world. They believe in some sort of false humanitarian hope that we need to be the end to the world’s sin.
A few days ago, I was on my Facebook page and I noticed a post from a prestigious seminary here in New York City posting pictures of some of their students. They were asked what their life’s desire would be when they got older. One of the pictures showed a young lady holding a sign where she wrote that she hopes to help put an end to sex trafficking. I sort smirked to myself it and thought, “Well, good luck trying to stop that along with every other evil act being committed daily in this world.”
Have we forgotten that in the Bible Jesus specifically warned us that “In the world you have tribulation […]” (John 16:33)? Have we also forgotten about the promises that Jesus made to us about the kingdom not being of this world (John 18:36)? Or the fact that in the letter Paul wrote to the Ephesians, that we have enemies beyond the realm of our human comprehension (Ephesians 6)?
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:12, HCSB)
If you will permit me to become a bit spoiler-ish for a second to illustrate a point: I remember a few weeks ago I was watching the overtly depressing season finale of True Detective season 2. One of the main detectives on the show, Ray Velcoro (played wonderfully by Colin Farrell), was on the run from a hit squad that was chasing him down. Throughout the season, Ray had been following an investigation that involved the murder of a wealthy local politician. However, the murder was merely a set-up for a much bigger conspiracy involving some pretty big people. To say the least, things did not end up well for Ray Velcoro and the group he was investigating the conspiracy with.
In the end, the series made a pretty bold statement concerning sin, evil, and the state of man. No matter how hard the characters in True Detective tried to stop corruption in the world, they simply couldn’t. They failed, either through death or banishment. Sometimes when we see the world without a savior, we realize what a wicked world it can truly be, and it is not wrong to act on those desires and want to make a change. However, to make ourselves saviors when there is already One who stands in that place is to go against God’s plan for redemption.
When we continue to read the verse mentioned earlier in John 16:33, we can begin to fully grasp the totality of what it is that Jesus was conveying to His apostles (and us as believers) through His stern, but ultimately comforting words:
“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world. (John 16:33, HCSB)
We have traded the spiritual weapons that are our Bibles and our prayer time over for political radicalism – but God’s plans for His kingdom and His people are much bigger than that…
“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband.  And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, ‘Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them,  and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.’
And He who sits on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new.’ And He said, ‘Write, for these words are faithful and true.’ Then He said to me, ‘It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost. He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son. But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.’” (Revelation 21:1-8 HCSB)

We have traded the spiritual weapons that are our Bibles and our prayer time over for political radicalism – but God’s plans for His kingdom and His people are much bigger than that…

As things begin to settle down for the next controversy, what should be our response as believers in a culture that is ever-increasingly at odds with God’s ways? First, forget not that this world is only a passing entity. While God is still adamant about redeeming the unredeemable we also need to realize that in the end this world and its system will ultimately fail because of the sin that entered into our world through Adam and Eve in Genesis. Two, our goals should not be to fight against injustices and to begin an all-out cultural revolution against sin and corruption, but rather, to pray for a revival of the Holy Spirit in our nation (although, admittedly, this is a thought that, to me, seems more and more impossible as the days go by). Three, it should be our jobs as Christians to live peaceably among those around us, this includes those who may not agree (or even be hostile) with us.
“Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation. Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men. If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord. ‘But if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.’ Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:14-21, HCSB)
Lastly, and most importantly, as was mentioned in the last passage posted, God has already had the last word. His Kingdom is at hand and it needs to be filled with more saints. While the rest of the world continues to celebrate its downfall, let us as Christians continue to build up the one to come – and from what I hear it will be one to beat.

Nestor Arce

Nestor Arce is the editor for the Christian Living section of Geeks Under Grace and periodically contributes to the Movies section. He is currently busy trying to watch "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" 37 more times.

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