Rowan County Clerk, Kim Davis, was incarcerated for six days when she refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses. Her faith and moral stance was challenged when facing more jail time and adhering to her elected office’s duties. Although she did comply with the judge’s ruling, her name was not signed on the licenses; thus, this was a third alternative that enabled her to stay true to her faith.
There are many tangents that could stem from this secular vs. religious situation. The license issuing was legal, but to God it’s against his law. Psalm 37:1-6 states, “Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of those who do wrong; for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away. Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.” There’s an extent as to which we need to push for what is right but also a point where we need to turn to something else to invest ourselves in. We are to positively emit light and we aren’t supposed to serve as the “God” of the situation but rather the disciples. In Davis’s case, she was taking a stance on her beliefs, she wasn’t trying to completely abolish same-sex marriage despite what her religion says. Another split controversy within this topic is that the Lord says to obey authority for he has put them in charge, but at times to stand up for what we know to be right and honoring of Him. Correlating with this idea, 1 Peter 2:13-15 says, “Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. Some may pose the question, but what if the authorities aren’t fulfilling God’s will? 1 Peter 2:18 quotes, “Servants, be subject to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the unjust.” So this clarifies that He already is aware that not all leaders will lead good examples but that nonetheless we should obey the unjust as well (to an extent). We are to lead the sinners but also love them unconditionally whether or not they abandon their sin. Davis was supposed to get more time sentenced too but I think it was God’s great will that kept the judge from doing so once he heard that other officer’s were issuing the licenses anonymously for her. She stood firm to her faith and didn’t deny the Lord regardless of the consequences.