Jesus is most likely doing a constant face palm and very disappointed not only this week, but most of the time, at how those who claim to follow and act in his name, just don’t get it, and use his name to abuse others.
It’s apparent that Kim Davis; the County Clerk of Ashland, Kentucky, who refused to process gay marriage licenses interprets the Bible far more differently then I or many of my heterosexual friends do.
Here is the way I see it in the Bible as I read and understand it.
First of all, the 2nd commandment of God is to love your neighbor as yourself.
I get that Kim Davis thinks she was standing up for what was right in God’s eyes, and I respect her right to her convictions, just as I have that right. But keep that hateful smut to yourself. My personal opinion, she knew the law was passed, and if she couldn’t handle doing her job that the government swore her into doing, then she should have quit her job or should have requested to be transferred to a different position.
How many Muslims, Straight Non-Christians, Divorced and getting remarried Christians, Inter-racial couples, Atheists, possibly even devil worshipers, those who practice witchcraft, etc… has Mrs. Davis given marriage licenses to without any thought as to how it was against her beliefs or religion.
This is and never was based on her beliefs… It always is, always has been and will always be about homophobia. About something they don’t understand and won’t try to understand. It’s about people they refuse to invite to their table. Despite the fact that Jesus.. remember that guy you claim to follow? Invited all to his table. And why? Because it showed love, grace, understanding and created friendships and new believers.
This country is based on freedom of religion. That means that Christian’s don’t get the say in every or any law, nor does it give them the right to break the law. Who are you? The Taliban? Our way or hit the highway? You all act like the bullies in school. And whether you believe it or not, this is the kind of hatred that causes suicide. Those made to feel less then the other. Who just want to fit into a group, just as you do with your religious right groups. We just want to fit in. Whether it’s right or wrong, is up to the individual as well as to God and His to deal with. Not yours.
Jesus never planned to establish an earthly, Christian kingdom on this earth. So get over it that this country’s laws are not based on your so called values. We are a nation of people from all over the world. Religious and non-religious. If you truly believe in your freedom to have religion, then respect the freedom of this nation that is given to all races, genders, classes, other religions, etc.. this country used to work because of these freedoms, which now seems due to all the political correctness bullshit, is tearing our country apart.. It is no longer about everyone else, but about only you yourself. Self Pride & Arrogance.
We as Christian’s don’t get to tell every other religion or non-religious person that they have to live by our rules. Even Jesus told us to obey the Laws of our governments and that non-believers are not to be set to our same standard of values. The government and the people that HE placed in authority. Even if the government strays from its purpose and becomes oppressive we are to still to live in obedience. If you want to make a stand, there are other ways to go about it. Honor and obey your government and then vote for those who supposedly stand up for your views. Spewing hatred isn’t going to win any arguments and just creates more hatred and sometimes can end in murder. In this day and age of mass murder.. I would think that holding your tongue would be the wisest choice.
We should also remember that it is not our job to judge those outside of the church. They are not held to the same standards, and God say’s that he will deal with that. Would it be a better world if everyone followed God’s law? For sure. But that is never going to happen, and all the screaming you do, is not going to change that. In all honesty, it just makes everything worse.
The saddest thing about Kim Davis and her standing up for her beliefs was to find out that she has been married four times and had children outside of marriage. That commandment from God not to get divorced doesn’t seem to bother you at all. It saddens me deeply that these hateful Christian Fundamentalist’s will scream that Gay Marriage is going to ruin society and doesn’t honor God. When for decades and decades those who claim to be lovers of God and followers of Jesus have gotten divorced over and over again, over the littlest of problems. The highest divorce rate ever. Marriages filled with adultery, pornography. Dear Christian. Your not much of a good model for a God honoring marriage.
Split marriages, split families, single mothers, causing more hatred, depression and broken lives for years and decades. I am finding that my parents divorce over 40 years ago, to this day, still effects me personally and emotionally in many ways, that I am just now starting to understand.
As I have said in previous blogs time and time again. All this hatred does is constantly push people farther and farther away from God. We are to be disciples and make disciples. To spread the Good News. That can only be done with love and understanding. Treating others like Shit because they don’t follow your standards, and doing it loudly and publicly just makes you an idiot, a hypocrite and most assuredly not the follower of Jesus that he asked you to be.
I am very vulnerable when it comes to events such as this. This combined with things that happen in my very own church, and minor comments made by members within my very own family, make it very hard to try and be a good Christian. It has even made me question wanting to take part in fellowship with Christians any longer. This is the type of thing that for 40 years kept me from church and God. Not wanting anything to do with him. And here I am again, just after the last 2 1/2 years of faithfully attending church, bible study and trying to change my life, again finding myself, not wanting to be near or associated with religion or Christians. Having skipped a month of church and keeping my distance from even those I call my friends.
And now that Kim Davis has landed herself in and out of prison,all these radical Christians scream out that they will rise up and take a stand for freedom? I am so embarrassed and hurt by these actions.
Most of Ms. Davis’s deputy clerks said Thursday that they were willing to break from her demands and comply with Judge Bunning’s order, even if they did so with deep reluctance. “I don’t really want to, but I will follow the law,” one deputy, Melissa Thompson, told the judge. “I’m a preacher’s daughter, and this is the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life.”
Really? This is the hardest thing you have had to do? Seems to me that just loving people is harder for you.
Dear Jesus. Please come rescue us from our stupid selves. This is how I feel about it:
I don’t believe that God is going to give you rewards and tell you what a good job you did because you stood up to the government or people. He isn’t going to pat you on the back and tell you that standing up to the Gay person, the Muslim, the non-christian made him jump for joy and made him love you so much more.
Rewards are given to those who love others, who feed the poor, who welcomed the stranger, who gave drink the the thirsty. Isaiah 58:10 Then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday.
To all those Christians who are just filled with hatred and misunderstanding. Christ does not agree with your sinful lifestyle, however he gives you love, grace, mercy and compassion. If you claim to have learned from Christ and live the life he wishes you to live, you should perhaps, treat all others with the same respect, and grace.
Give the gay couple their damn marriage license. It doesn’t affect you at all. You have infected the institution of marriage just fine on your own… God isn’t going to punish you for doing it and he isn’t going to high five you for denying them.
John 13:35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.
Another great opinion from Bill Prickett (Writer, blogger, cultural observer, gay Christian, former ex-gay leader exposing fraud of reparative therapy; long-time Bible teacher, advocate for equality)