2 Thessalonians 1 (NIV)
1 Paul, Silas and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:2 Grace and peace to you from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Recently Kim Davis, a Kentucky county clerk, was jailed for not issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples. “I never imagined a day like this would come, where I would be asked to violate a central teaching of Scripture and of Jesus Himself regarding marriage,” Davis said in a statement Tuesday. Kim Davis is a Christian and a member of the Apostolic Church. On Thursday, Sept 3, a federal judge’s decided to jail Kim Davis on a civil contempt charge after she refused his order to resume the processing of such licenses. What?!
I did not know that we could jail elected officials for not doing their jobs. Somebody tell me how this is done because there are a few elected officials that are not doing what they are suppose to be doing and doing things that I never thought was right in the first place.
Mrs. K Davis, yes I said it Mrs. so there, has a religious conscience something most Christians have. Here’s a well known phrase among Christians “We are in the world but not of it”. Let me add one of my favorite biblical hyperlinks here:
14 I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. 15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. 17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. 19 For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified. John 17 (NIV)
Mrs. Kim Davis represents a percentage of people that holds government positions that have to contend with this conflict. We Christians need to remember that we will be persecuted by many.
12 Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. 2 Timothy 3:12 New King James Version (NKJV)
18 “If the world hates you, remember that it hated me first. John 15:18 (NLT)
The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, written in 1791, reads: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
So then the federal government cannot constitutionally involve itself with state issues such as this but it did when a federal judge held Mrs. Kim Davis in a “civil contempt charge” and jailed her for religious conscience. Say What!?!
Did the U.S. government just pull a major boo-boo? Lets re-examine the phrase “or prohibiting the free exercise thereof”. Here the Constitution is addressing the practice of religion. Here the government shall NOT prohibit the free exercise of religion. What about the state though? For Christians it is a daily practice because our faith is part of our life or do people think that this meant on just Sundays only?
I watched some of the candidates in their weekend endeavors for presidential candidacy and was surprised to see no one addressing this issue. Why was I surprised? Obviously those potential leaders of our country decided not approach this delicate subject matter that creates such strife in our country. In their defense the media did not broadcast all of their events and speeches and there was so many happening at nearly the same time it was difficult to keep track of. Regardless something to consider at our next presidential election.
News Flash I just discovered that Mrs. Kim Davis is being released from jail today.
For Mrs. Kim Davis and family
14 But even if you suffer for doing what is right, God will reward you for it. So don’t worry or be afraid of their threats. 1 Peter 3:14 (NLT)
16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16 (NKJV)