It Is Beginning
A curious incident occurred today, September 3, 2015. A Christian in the State of Kentucky was put in jail because of her belief. An act of conscious or belief is now considered irrelevant to the rule of law in the United States. This Christian woman performing the duties of Rowan County Clerk could not in good conscious sign the marriage certificate for men demanding to be married. She believes God made it clear in the texts of the Bible that marriage is between a man and a woman. And to formally agree to sign a marriage certificate for two men would be to blatantly disregard the God who saved her. Those in positions of governmental authority have now made it clear that an act of conscious or belief to God is subservient to the rule of law. In other words humanistic laws trump the tenants of the Christian faith.
It is undeniable that the written texts in the Bible make it clear that marriage is between a man and a woman with God presiding. It is also clear that marriage is not meted by law. With God presiding it is a sacrament as is baptism and the Eucharist or communion. A sacrament is beyond the secular. It is heavenly, spiritual, mystical and beyond this physical word. For two men to say they are married to each other, no matter what the rule of law says, is not marriage. No matter how much you shout, stomp your feet, and click your heels marriage does not occur. It is beyond you. Think of the Eucharist or communion. No matter how hard you try blinking your eyes, wish for faith or demand to be a part of it, it is only a morsel of bread and a sip of wine. It only becomes more than bread broken and wine poured when there is a mystical spiritual union between Christ and you or I, and that can only come from God’s actions.
What has happened to Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis is only an anomaly because it is the first in our present circumstances. We are now at a historical juncture when more and more Christians will be jailed in this country. I am reminded of the writings of William Gurnall, 18th century pastor in England: “The power of faith which enabled saints in days of old to ‘work righteousness’ - that is, to live holy lives - is evidenced by the sufferings they endured.”