The Kim Davis Situation May Not Be Persecution…

Are your views on the Kim Davis situation a slam dunk? I’ve been following the County Clerk situation in Kentucky for the past couple of weeks. Once she was sent to jail yesterday there was an outcry from Christians. Many on Facebook were suggesting that this is a preeminent example of Christian persecution. On the surface that is how it appears. A Christian has a particular conviction. She is sent to jail for being faithful to that conviction.

But starting yesterday afternoon an alternative view has been emerging. It now appears that support of Kim Davis’ position may be self-defeating.

This is an emotional situation because of the recent defeats that Christians have experienced within US culture. But it is vital that we do not respond emotionally at the expense of logic.

There are some particular principles at stake as Christians opine on this situation.

  1. We don’t want to respond on a superficial level without understanding the particulars of the case.
  2. We ought to make sure our opinion is logically consistent across the board.
  3. We must make sure our opinion is rooted in a biblical understanding of government, conscience, and work.

I haven’t come to a conclusion yet, but I am concerned about a Christian misstep in the public square. Here are some articles that shine more light on the matter.

I’m seeing really good arguments for and against Kim Davis actions which means that this is not a slam dunk issue. And if it isn’t a slam dunk issue we should use less emotion and more humility to share our opinion. Remember, the world is looking on.

Finally, the Christian worldview lost on June 29th when SCOTUS ruled in favor of SSM. The ramifications of that decision are now playing out in real life situations. Those ramifications are going to be incredibly painful for Christians. The next generation of American Christians will live in a world pos-SCOTUS ruling. The faster we can embrace this new reality the better we will do at strategically plotting the way forward.

The Gospel Offers a Robust Identity

Yesterday Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, came out of the closet and announced that he is gay  This has been a well known fact for a number of years, but yesterday was his formal announcement.

One of the reasons I am broken hearted over the gay agenda is the impoverished identity that it gives to it's adherents. I can't imagine being primarily identified off of my sexual orientation. It is a very narrow identifier. The leaders of the LGBT community are using many wonderful people who have same-sex attraction to further their agenda. But the benefit of primarily being identified as "gay" is not equitable exchange for the follower.

Aside from the fact that I agree with scripture when it says that homosexual acts are sin, I am sad that wonderful people are allowing themselves to live off of such a narrow identity. And I wish that people who find themselves attracted to the same sex would buck the trend of identifying themselves with only that feeling. Even if they are not convinced of my ethical system I wish they would consider whether being primarily identified off of sexuality is the most beneficial label to take on.

Humans are hungry for an identity. Just consider some of the movements that have developed over the past 100 years. Civil rights... Feminism... Anti-war... People want to be a part of a movement that changes society for the sake of change as much as they want to gain an identity.

Your identity determines so much of what you do and how you interact with others.

That is where the propositions of Christianity should be considered. Christianity is not just a moral code that opposes homosexual acts. It is a life giving identity that gives endless possibilities.

Just consider the first chapter of Ephesians.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it,to the praise of his glory. - Eph. 1:3-14

Even if a gay person is not ready to relinquish their lifestyle they have to consider what identity is most beneficial.

Is it possible that coming out as gay is only abrogating a significant amount of freedom and life that God intended for you? Is is possible that the LGBT community is handing out cheap and shallow identities that give the movement leaders power while the followers are restricted.

On this Halloween, as people take on a new identity for a couple of hours consider the benefits of these costumes. Are all Halloween costumes created equal? Can you dress up however you want without ramification? What about the guy who dressed like Ray Rice and was dragging a female manikin behind him? Was that a win?

Not all available identities are created equal and there are ramifications that flow from identity.

I love and have a great deal of compassion on those who are struggling with their sexual identity. I am upset with the narrowness of the "gay" label. And it is my hope that all who have homosexual desires will consider how they identify themselves moving forward.