Much has been made of the fact that Kim Davis, the county clerk in Kentucky who now sits in jail for her refusal to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, has been married 4 times and had 2 sons out of wedlock.
According to US News:
The marriages are documented in court records obtained by U.S. News, which show that Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis divorced three times, first in 1994, then 2006 and again in 2008.
She gave birth to twins five months after divorcing her first husband. They were fathered by her third husband but adopted by her second. Davis worked at the clerk’s office at the time of each divorce and has since remarried.
To this, I say that God has used many imperfect people as part of His Plan. Consider the following:
Noah was a drunk.
Abraham was too old.
Isaac was a daydreamer.
Jacob was a liar.
Leah was ugly.
Joseph was abused.
Moses had a stuttering problem.
Gideon was afraid.
Samson had long hair and was a womanizer.
Rahab was a prostitute.
Jeremiah and Timothy were too young.
David had an affair and was a murderer.
Elijah was suicidal.
Isaiah preached naked.
Jonah ran from God.
Naomi was a widow.
Job went bankrupt.
Peter denied Christ.
The Disciples fell asleep while praying.
Martha worried about everything.
The Samaritan woman was divorced, more than once.
Zaccheus was too small.
Paul was too religious.
Timothy had an ulcer.
AND Lazarus was dead!
I appreciate Kim Davis’ position, as I understand it – but not those who have gathered outside to protest. She is declining to participate, through issuing a license, in gay “marriage”. I have not heard her rail against those who come to her office, but simply to decline, with a calm demeanor, to be a party to their behavior. And, she acknowledges and accepts the consequences of her decision.
On the other hand, those who pronounce judgement against the applicants are in a whole other category. Our Lord denounced the religious, not the Romans. We are admonished as believers to call each other, not the world, to account. (i Cor. 5:12-13 “For what have I to do to judge them also that are outside…but them that are outside, God judges…”) Christians are not called upon to reform the behavior of non-believers.
It is a shame that a personal act of conscious, and the real issues involved in such, is being lost. Can I, without attacking the person(s), decline to PARTICIPATE in their choices that violate my personal belief system?