“It’s the wrong case.”

“It’s the wrong time.”

“It’s the wrong person”

“She’s from the wrong church.”

All reasons I’ve heard and read in the past few days as to why Kim Davis should either resign from her County Clerk position or else just get on with issuing gay marriage licenses (latest news report here). And that’s coming from Christians, some of whom have been mighty with the pen in arguing against gay marriage, but are now wilting before the sword of the secular State.

We all knew the moment was coming when Christians, including those in public office, would begin to suffer for their convictions about marriage, and we all readied ourselves to rally in support of them. But now that it’s happened, many Christians are picking holes in Mrs. Davis, her arguments, and her actions.

We wanted a “martyr”; but not this one, it would appear. If only it was someone who could write like Al Mohler, speak like Russell Moore, and debate like Ryan Anderson; someone from a mainline church, someone of impressive appearance, someone who had a perfect marriage record (Mrs. Davis is on her fourth marriage, having only recently been converted to Christ). But we don’t get to choose our martyrs. God does that. As with salvation:

“…not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence” (1 Cor. 1:26-29).

And I don’t quote that to denigrate Mrs. Davis in any way; I have the highest admiration for her and esteem her far higher than myself. Rather, these verses describe the world’s perspective on God’s people; not God’s, or ours (I trust).

Many Christians have been called to serve and suffer for Christ who have far from the best track records or gifts (just ask the Apostle Paul; or just ask me). It’s not for us to second-guess God’s chosen vessels, but to get behind the ones he has chosen to be His instruments to establish truth and righteousness or expose evil and hypocrisy.

Just Resign!

“She should just resign and get a job she can do with a good conscience,” say many. The basic principle behind this “solution” is that we walk (or run) away from every situation where human law contradicts God’s law. We fight to stop secular laws from becoming the law of the land (or the church); but once it’s done, we stop fighting; we either obey or we give up our callings. (Which won’t leave us many callings the way things are going).

Thankfully, the Egyptians midwives refused to do that; Pharaoh’s daughter refused to do that; Daniel refused to do that; Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego refused to do that; the wise men from the East refused to do that; the Apostles refused to do that; many of the Reformers, the Covenanters, and the Puritans refused to do that; Bonhoeffer and many Christians in Nazi Germany refused to do that. Multitudes in North Korea and China are refusing to do that today. Pro-life medical professionals are refusing to do that every day of their lives.

In some areas, Mrs. Davis seems to have a better grasp of theology than many who claim to be theologians. However, it’s not exactly complicated. As the Apostles put it in words any child could understand, “We ought to obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29). And in another place: “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge” (Acts 4:19).

Like the Apostles, who could also have simply moved on, Mrs. Davis has refused to do the authorities’ dirty work for them. By refusing to resign, she is putting the moral responsibility for that action upon her accusers and judges. Many Christian men and women have done this through the years as they’ve stood before the unjust and unbiblical laws of the State, and sometimes the Church, and said, “We ought to obey God rather than man,” whatever the consequences may be.

So, this morning, let’s pray for a Christian sister who is in prison indefinitely (until she changes her mind, the Judge said) for refusing to issue gay marriage licenses in the USA. (Whoever thought such a sentence would ever be written in “the land of the free and the home of the brave”? And let’s have a bit more of the latter, please). Pray that she would be kept from the “lions”, that she would hold firm and strong, and that she would know the presence of the Son of God beside her in this fiery trial. And may she inspire us all to have the courage of our convictions and stand wherever, whenever, and for whatever God has called us to fight.

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  • Steven Birn

    My only concern here is legal. We’re fighting these people on other fronts, particularly in the wedding service industry. My concern is that a case like Davis is going to create a precedent that will then be followed on cases that we have a shot of winning. Davis has no shot at winning, she was always going to lose. My thought is why create a pro-homosexual precedent that can then be used in cases we might win, thus causing us to lose those cases. In the end maybe it doesn’t matter, we’ll end up losing all the cases.

    The precedents created by Nuremberg have now been overturned. We participated in convicting Germans of not resisting immoral laws, we hung people for enforcing laws that were godless and immoral. Now we’re jailing people for refusing to enforce godless and immoral laws, all while screaming it’s the law of the land. Germany had laws of the land too.

    • BC

      It is also a Constitutional standing and State Law Standing..when one falls they all fall

    • Ryan Loyd

      Civil disobedience never has a chance of “winning” but rather it inspires others to act similarly until either the system is changed or the foundation of the unGodlyauthority (in this case the legitimacy of the Supreme Court) collapses.

    • mel mariner

      I think you missed the verses from Acts referenced. Or is it more important for her to listen to stratigists than God?

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  • http://mikeleake.net Mike Leake

    David, I could be wrong on this but it looks as if she is a Oneness Pentecostal. This isn’t just saying that she goes to a church I’m uncomfortable with–this is saying she is part of a Trinity-denying cult. And I think it would mean we probably shouldn’t refer to her as a Christian.

    I’m happy to be proved wrong on this one.

    • David Murray

      Hi Mike. From what I’ve seen and heard, her personal profession of faith seems to be inconsistent with some of the denominational aberrations. I suppose that just like there are true believers in the Roman Catholic church, so there can be true believers in Oneness Pentecostal churches too. I think the times and trends are so desperate that anyone professing to be a Christian needs our support and prayers.

      • Nehe K Jeon

        I agree with you, pastor Murray. I’d like to add that many of the Copts today or the Nestorians in the past would be considered genuine Christians, despite the modern, evangelical filter we tend to want to apply to every other denominations… though I wouldnt go too far as to include Mormons or JWs. Or, maybe I’m somewhat soft on the modalist position, since it does not deny Christ’s deity.

      • http://mikeleake.net Mike Leake

        David, could you provide any of those links to her personal profession of faith. That’s not me being one of those PROVE IT type of guys. I’m genuinely interested. I’ve got a few pieces I’d like to write that are swirling around in my head and there is so much info out there on her trying to find this particular thing is proving to me quite difficult.

    • Nick Stuart

      It’s Apostolic Christian Church. You can read their statement of faith and decide for yourself. http://www.apostolicchristian.org/page.cfm?p=555. They don’t seem to be Trinity-denying. But does that really make a difference in this case?

      • http://mikeleake.net Mike Leake

        From what I’m hearing the Apostolic Christian Church is denying that she is part of them. The information I’m getting is that this is her church and it is part of an Apostolic-Pentecostal Church the http://www.apostolic-churches.com/pages/Morehead—Solid-Rock-Apostolic-Church-6458.html You can see in their statement of belief that they are Oneness Pentecostals.

        As far as this mattering in this case–my point is that it doesn’t matter as far as a case for religious liberty. But I’m still hesitant to refer to her as a Christian martyr because I’m hesitant to refer to her as a Christian–since from what I’m seeing she is a modalist who denies the Trinity. But perhaps David has some information that I do not.

  • Jason Boothe

    There is a real theological danger in jumping on the political bandwagon
    in support of individuals who engage in culture war politics under the
    guise of Christian religion. A clear example is the Kim Davis story. I
    have read numerous postings written by professed believers commenting on
    “the grace God has given her” and how proud they are that “she is
    standing up for Jesus.” Others call her “sister” and say “her faith will
    carry her through.” Politics aside (remember, I’m speaking
    theologically here), an Apostolic who denies the Trinity, believes water
    baptism and speaking in tongues are absolute requirements for
    salvation, and who believes that she is “working to make heaven her
    home” is not, by her very confession, a Christian. She does not profess
    the Gospel of Christ. She holds to a works-based system of salvation by
    personal self-righteousness. Even if you believe Kim Davis is making
    the right decision to stand against what she believes is judicial
    activism, please do not make a critical error by thinking she
    represents Christ or His precious Gospel. By her own admission, she
    certainly does not. Be careful, brothers and sisters, not to make
    spiritual heroes and martyrs out of false prophets.

    • David Murray

      You sort of make my point Jason. See below.

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  • http://jaredmithrandirolorin.blogspot.com/ MithrandirOlorin

    The Biblical Definition of a Martyr is one who Died for refusing to renounce their Faith, to demonstrate their Faith in the Eternal Life promised to them by Christ.

    Whether one agrees with her political stance or not, to apply the term Martyr to Kim Davis is an insult to all Martyrs of The Gospels.

    • mel mariner

      So what was Daniel? Or the other three? Somehow I think she would be willing to die. More so than the ones that say quit and move on.

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  • Dan McGregor

    I live in Canada where—I only recently learned—even FULL-TERM abortions are protected by legislation.

    A member of the Canadian federal (national) parliament, who is seeking re-election, recently phoned to ask for my support in re-electing the current majority political party to another term in Canadian parliament. (They got both my vote and financial support in the past.)

    In civil tones, I expressed my outrage at his majority political party’s refusal or indolence in addressing abortion as the silent slaughter of pre-borns in Canada.

    His answer? “This is not the time.”

    Yes it is. In the British tradition, we Candians say that religion is a private thing.

    But murder clearly is not.

    Thank you, thank you for your article, a compelling contrast of the temporising timidity of many politicians—and posturing Christian pundits—and the Godly gutsiness of Mrs Davis. May her tribe increase.

  • Stephanie Jeanne Buteyn

    I think this lady has courage and strength to stand up for herself. And I agree with her 100% all the way. She is doing the right thing.