Now, yall know my blog has a strict white woman policy and I had to skip Rachel Dolezal and Caitlyn Jenner but I’m going to have to talk about Kim Davis because among other reasons she’s from my state. Between Catfish, UK Fans and Kim – Kentucky looks BAD, chile. I offer my perspective on this situation to show that we ain’t ALL bad in Kentucky and the commonwealth isn’t completely Godforsaken.
Kim Davis is the elected clerk of Rowan County, Kentucky. Rowan County is northeastern Kentucky close to the Appalachian Mountains. The county’s seat is Morehead. Whenever I have visited, I’ve made sure my black ass was back in the city by sunset, feel me? It’s 96% white (literally ONE black family lives there) and one-fourth of the citizens live in poverty.
Following the historic Supreme Court decision in June, she has refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex (and later heterosexual) couples on the grounds of religion. The District Court and the Court of Appeals ruled that she must issue the licenses, and the Supreme Court declined to hear the matter ‘cause they already made the decision on the issue and they are all 100 so they probably can’t hear anyway. So the judge put her in jail on contempt of court until she either does her damn jobissues marriage licenses, resigns or is impeached. Five of her six deputy clerks began issuing marriage licenses to everybody the next day. The sixth clerk is Kim’s son Nathan.
She was released because the Judge was ‘satisfied that the office is issuing marriage licenses’ and told Kim not to interfere.
At first I casually paid attention to the case. Here’s when I got mad… (Reason 1 of 3)
I read a tweet that suggested that Kim has been married 4 times. I said ‘now yall lying on Kim’. So I researched and she has in fact been divorced 3 times.
She divorced husband #1 in 1994, had 2 kids out of wedlock, married Joe in 1996, divorced him in 2006, married #3 in 2007, divorced him the same year and then married Joe again in 2009. Meanwhile, we don’t know who fathered her children.
“It’s a Heaven or Hell” decision Davis said in a statement. If marriage had the power to put us in Heaven or Hell, Kim would surely be on her way to hades on a scholarship. No? My stance is if you’re going to boldly stand up against sin your personal life need not be raggedy.
Kim did not have all these standards for marriage until AFTER she was bussin it wide open for every man in Rowan County so what right does she have to deny a marriage license to 2 women or 2 men who are in a monogamous relationship? David Ermold and David Moore a couple that was denied a marriage license have been together for 17 years. I think if you stay with somebody that long, you deserve some tax breaks, chile.
“Render unto Cesar the things that are Ceasar’s and unto God the things that are God’s”
I’ve noticed Christian rhetoric is very centered on forgiveness and grace. Believe me I’m THANKFUL for God’s DAILY forgiveness but I do think that we use that as an excuse not to hold ourselves and each other to a standard in our conduct.
The same Holy Ghost that makes us run, shout, foam at the mouth, speak in tongues and interrupt service when I’m ready to go is the SAME Holy Ghost that daily calls us away from sin.
When I expressed this sentiment on Facebook the other day a friend commented “So you have to be perfect to stand up for Christ… oh ok… didn’t know that” and I hadn’t used the word perfect. I used the word raggedy. LOL.You don’t have to be perfect to stand up for Christ, in fact you have to boast in your imperfection.
In my opinion, Kim Davis denying marriage licenses is in no way pointing people to Christ or showing the love of Christ. All she had to do was resign. If your job interferes with your faith, you may have to step out on that faith, quit your job and trust God to provide for you. Andrew and Peter quit their jobs as fishermen to follow Jesus.
Ok here’s the next reason I got mad. (Reason 2 of 3)
After Kim got thrown in the fiery furnace held in contempt of court and put in jail, all these people started screaming persecution and comparing her to biblical heroes like Daniel, Paul and “Rad, Shack and Benny” (word to veggie tales)
Mike Huckabee presidential candidate sensed his inevitable irrelevance found a way to make himself visible in the presidential race again. He visited Kim in the Lion’s Den her jail cell and planned to stage a “Liberty Rally” (whatever the HELL that is) out side of the Carter County detention center where she was in custody. Huckabee’s monkey ass appeared on Fox News and cried that this case is “further proof that Christianity has been criminalized in America”not only that…he penned an op-edfor Fox as well.
“Kim’s stand for religious liberty is a pivotal moment in our nation’s history. Will we continue to pretend as though the Supreme Court is the ‘Supreme Branch’ with the authority and ability to make laws? It most certainly is not…It is no more the ‘Supreme Branch’ than it is the ‘Supreme Being’ with the authority to redefine the laws of nature or of nature’s God.”
Davis’ attorney said “Today, for the first time in history an American citizen has been incarcerated for having the belief..blahblahblah.. and she’s been ordered to stay there until she’s willing to change her conscience about what her belief is”
Kim was not arrested because she’s a Christian. She was held in contempt of court for violating a court order. You are put in jail for your crime, not your motive. There’s nothing pivotal about it. Charles Manson killed people because he thought he was Jesus (or something). He was not put in jail about his beliefs. He was put in jail because he killed people.
Kim is an elected official in a public office. She refused to carry out the duties that the office requires and suffered the consequences. Five days in jail for breaking the law is not religious persecution. Kim Davis can still worship at her church, and minister to the ladies in the Rowan County jail. She can still wear the clothes that line up with her religious beliefs. As Christians in America we may FEEL persecuted because of the crazy secular world but I promise we are not actually persecuted.
Go to Iraq and Syria and try to be a Christian.. THOSE are the Christians being executed and we as Christians that aren’t should probably turn our attention to how to help these brothers and sisters rather than Kim Davis.
THOSE Christians are more comparable to the biblical heroes. But Bible Study is on Wednesdays. You can read Daniel 3 to learn about Rack, Shack and Benny and Daniel 6 to read about Daniel chillin’ with the lions in the den.
Ok. Short bible study. God didn’t rescue Daniel FROM the lions den or the Hebrew boys from the Furnace, he protected them THROUGH danger. Had the people not seen Daniel come thru the Den safely or the Hebrew Boys come out of the furnace, some people may not have come to a belief in God, He may be using you to draw others to Christ. Doors of the church are open.
Reason Number 3
Thanks for reading, yall!