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Kim Davis is the Rowan County, Kentucky, clerk who is refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses. She is declaring a religious exemption for herself. Though she has a responsibility as the clerk to obey the laws of the land she reuses to obey one law.

She took an oath to uphold the “law of the land” and “the constitution of the United States”. Her god can’t protect her here. God was very clear on oaths taken.

Deuteronomy: When thou shalt vow a vow unto the LORD thy God, thou shalt not slack to pay it: for the LORD thy God will surely require it of thee; and it would be sin in thee. (23:21-23).

Or Numbers: If a man vow a vow unto the LORD, or swear an oath to bind his soul with a bond; he shall not break his word, he shall do according to all that proceedeth out of his mouth. (30:2).

The last line of her oath is “So help me god.” She has taken a vow to the people AND to god to uphold the laws of the United States of America. By claiming religious exemption she violates gods law in taking an oath. She is also a three time divorcee breaking yet another central point of the bible and that is man and woman married is FOREVER.

So what did Jesus say about Divorce?

Matthew 5: 31-32: 31 “It has been said, ‘Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a certificate of divorce.’ 32 But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, causes her to become an adulteress, and anyone who marries the divorced woman commits adultery.

Mark 10: 2-12: 2  Some Pharisees came and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?”   3 “What did Moses command you?” he replied.   4  They said, “Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of divorce and send her away.”   5 “It was because your hearts were hard that Moses wrote you this law,” Jesus replied.   6 “But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female.’   7 ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife,   8 and the two will become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one.   9 Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.”   10  When they were in the house again, the disciples asked Jesus about this.   11  He answered, “Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her.   12 And if she divorces her husband and marries another man, she commits adultery.”

Luke 16: 18: 18 “Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery, and the man who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.”

Oh this list goes ON and ON. It is indeed clear what Jesus said about divorce.

Simple as that, so I call her a hypocrite! She is selectively enforcing her view of god’s will and ignoring everything she owes to god in the oath she took AND her own past.

I’m angry as hell over what Kim Davis is doing, but I can’t blame her for enjoying the national attention. After all she’s a 49 year old woman and had been invisible until now. She will become a lonely footnote in history and seen as the hypocrit she is.

After the U.S. Supreme Court told her to knock it off, Davis released an online statement through her new best friends, the far-right Liberty Counsel. An excerpt:

I owe my life to Jesus Christ who loves me and gave His life for me. Following the death of my godly mother-in-law over four years ago, I went to church to fulfill her dying wish. There I heard a message of grace and forgiveness and surrendered my life to Jesus Christ. I am not perfect. No one is. But I am forgiven and I love my Lord and must be obedient to Him and to the Word of God.

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.

let’s take a moment and review the four gospels of Jesus to see just what he said about homosexuality:

So what did Jesus have to say about homosexuality?

If you were to read all four gospels thoroughly in search of Jesus’ teachings on homosexuality it would be a futile endeavor. Not only would you come to the end of the gospels without finding anything attributed to Jesus on the subject, you wouldn’t even find a single reference to the issue in any context.

In fact, there are only a handful of references to homosexuality in the entire Bible, but they are found in the Old Testament and Paul’s writings. (To put it in perspective, while there are only seven references to homosexuality, there are hundreds, perhaps thousands, of references to economic justice and the laws governing the accumulation and distribution of wealth.)

Jesus’ silence on the subject suggests that an issue which can be controversial and/or fraught with emotion these days was simply not a central issue in his lifetime 2,000 years ago in the land of Palestine. The fact that he didn’t address this issue leaves us all to ponder what he might say were he here today.

Nothing, crickets, nada. Jesus didn’t utter a single word about the subject. So she owes her life to him and his teachings let’s not pretend he said things he didn’t on the subject of homosexuality.

Ok back to her statement:

To issue a marriage license which conflicts with God’s definition of marriage, with my name affixed to the certificate, would violate my conscience. It is not a light issue for me. It is a Heaven or Hell decision. For me it is a decision of obedience. I have no animosity toward anyone and harbor no ill will. To me this has never been a gay or lesbian issue. It is about marriage and God’s Word.

Here is a brief translation of Jesus and his ENTIRE works.

Jesus: Now I ask you to love everyone as I have loved you.
Follower 1:But what if someone is Gay? or black, red, yellow, pink or purple?

Follower 2:what if someone worships another god?

Follower 1:Or what if someone doesn’t worship a god at all?

Jesus: Did something I say escape your understanding? Is love EVERYONE really that hard a commandment?

NPR’s Robert Siegel asked Columbia University law professor Katherine Franke whether Davis’ refusal to marry same-sex couples mirrors white Democrat officials’ refusal to accept racial equality in the 1950s and ’60s. Here is her answer:

It’s exactly the same situation,” Franke said. “I think that certain people in certain places are changing their view on homosexuality … but not everyone is there yet. And some people base their opposition to equality for same-sex couples — or for lesbians and gay men — in religion, but they can’t use those values as a justification for not performing public functions.

So what we’re seeing now really in a way mirrors quite clearly what we saw in the 1950s, where many communities were more than happy to close all of their pools and playgrounds and public schools rather than having black children and white children play together. And we saw that resistance pass in a short period of time.

So the good news is while this makes headlines and this hypocrite gains the spotlight, in time she will be seen as the prejudiced and short minded person she is. She will be noted as a bigot and intolerant individual who has taken to much time on the airways already. In a short time she too shall pass, I pray it is sooner than later.

She can believe whatever she wants. Same-sex marriage is the law of the land, including in Rowan County. Kim Davis is a flawed human, and in that, she has a lot in common with the rest of us. As various news organizations have reported, Davis has been married four times, twice to the same man, and pregnant with twins by a man who was not her husband at the time. Eventually, she turned to God, hoping to find a way out of her mess of a life.

We can point to her circuitous route to redemption and her current state of religious certainty and declare her a fool and a hypocrite. Perhaps she is looking for a chance to be something other than her biggest mistakes. I see that as a noble endeavour. But she is on the road right now to her biggest mistake yet.

I am not excusing Kim Davis’ bigotry and blind hate. I just don’t want to let it harden my own heart. So I pray she finds the answers to obey her oath and I hope for her future nothing but the best.

I do, however, want to know why it is that the meanest of Christians claim they get their marching orders from God and justify bigotry, hate and lawlessness in doing so. While the decent Christians just keep acting like Jesus, loving everyone, letting god be the judge and living life as best they can.

So I pray that she find the path to wholeness, a way to find the truth in the world and lose her bigotry that her own Jesus commanded her to lose. Jesus never said a word about same sex marriage in any of the four gospels. He did however command her to honor her word, live in love for all and let god be the judge of man and sin. I hope she finds her way to the Jesus she claims to love so much she will risk her job, her freedoms (jail) and her livelihood (fines) to stand for before she loses everything.

I hope someone reminds her of her lords greatest commandment. Love..

~Michelle Styles