Being Civil about Disobedience

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It seems that every time I stick my neck out, I get my foot into something else.

American singer-songwriter and pianists Patsy Cline was born on this day in 1932 (died 1963)

Oh, Patsy, I didn’t want to write about this.

I try, really I do, to stay out of political controversy. This has not always been the case.

I do not agree with Kim Davis. Some, perhaps many of my Christian and conservative friends (not mutually exclusive) will disagree with me.

I do admire Ms. Davis for not backing down from what she believes.

But, perhaps she chose the wrong hill to die on.

It’s true, however, that when she took the job, issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples was not an issue. The Supreme Court decision changed that. (And let’s be clear that they neither wrote a law nor re-wrote the Constitution, this is based on their interpretation.)

Ms. Davis was faced with a choice. Issue the licenses and deny her faith. Or stand in her faith and deny the licenses.

Her other, and I believe correct choice, would have been to resign. (Read what my friend Shaun said last week over at Bearing Drift).

Yes, I’m a believer. Yes, I know what Scripture says. Just remember that Scripture also says we’re not to judge those outside the church.

Ms. Davis works for the government. And the government says she has to do her job.

I’m not one to jump on the Christian persecution bandwagon. When I see images of Christians being beheaded or burned alive I really can’t call what is happening in Kentucky persecution.

At the same time, there’s a growing antagonism in this country against Christianity. There’s no denying that.

Jesus said there would be.

I think our only regret should be that we’ve caused some of it by not exactly remembering some of the other things Jesus said.

Yeah, I went there.

At the same time, the venom and the hate and insults toward Ms. Davis from those who disagree has been, at best, disgusting. She’s been mocked because of her appearance, because of her lifestyle before her faith conversion, because she’s from Kentucky, and more.

You keep using the words “diversity” and “tolerance.” I do not think they mean what you think they mean.

Yeah, I went there, too.

Mocking someone who shares a different belief than you do doesn’t make them look bad. It doesn’t make them look intolerant.

If we are to be a free country. If we are to be a country where people are allowed to believe what they believe and to live life and have relationships as they see fit, then we have to be a country where we recognize and accept that there are those who disagree.

I’ve already said that I believe Ms. Davis made the wrong choice.

But, if you hate her or make fun of her because of her beliefs, or because of the stand she’s taking, then she’s not the problem.

Certainly not the only one.

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