As cool as it might be to hate on Kim Davis at the moment (the thing I read about in R.L. Stine’s The Blob That Ate Everything Including Other People’s Civil Rights), it would behoove Christians to think about why that is. In response to this story, there has not just been outrage from the LGBT community, to whom the rights are being denied, nor solely from the secular community, who would see an appalling lack of separation of church and state, but from the Christian community as well.
Aside from the fact that she is the physical embodiment of an apple pie connoisseur, why is it not just the secular or gay communities that have a problem with what she is doing? Why would progressive Christians have a problem with Kim Davis invoking her god’s authority to deny LGBT people their marriage licenses?
Here’s the good news: It’s because they are moral people. What progressive Christians are responding to is that they hold the core belief that you cannot use your beliefs to override someone else’s rights.
Here’s the bad news: Kim Davis is probably more right than they are about the Bible. Using your personal beliefs to override the rights of others is kind of what the Bible is about.
According to Numbers 14:6-9, Joshua stands up to address the people of Israel to let them know that the land they scoped out was really choice real estate, and I’m sure that had nothing to do with what he said next.
If the Lord delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it us; a land which floweth with milk and honey.
Only rebel not ye against the Lord, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the Lord is with us: fear them not. (Numbers 14:8,9)
Joshua is saying that his god’s authority trumps the human rights of the people already living on that land. He promises the Israelites that they can take that land because God is with them.
Aaaaannd..here is Kim Davis declaring the source of her authority to deny these marriage licenses.
Might a similar conversation not have happened between Joshua and the members of the lands he pillaged?
Canaanites: “Under what authority do you claim these lands?”
Joshua: “Under God’s authority.”
I hate to be that guy, but unfortunately, Kim Davis didn’t get her ideas from nowhere, and it seems that if Christians worship a tradition in which it’s okay to slaughter people if the Lord is with you, then denying a marriage license probably shouldn’t be that big of a deal.
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