Saturday, September 5, 2015
So, this is going to be a hard topic to stay positive about. But, I can't help it. I'm the somewhat opinionated nice gal, remember? That being said, I have to get all these emotions out somehow.
I'll be honest. I've been torn all apart about this issue. I'm a Christian, yes. I'm an American citizen, yes. I want to show love. I want to be right. I try to live and let live. I try to be a witness. In this situation, well, it's got to be a perfect balance or it could go horribly wrong. However, some people are going to make it horribly wrong if it doesn't turn out the way they want. I refuse to be that person. But, I'm still going to take a stand... because I also refuse to be weak.
The fact of the matter is this: Kim Davis broke no laws. None. Zilch. Nada. How can I say that, you ask? Article 1, Section 1 of the Constitution says this, “All Legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.”
Congress holds all legislative power. What does that leave for the Supreme Court? Nothing. So, in other words, their ruling is not law. Is it? You can learn more about this at www.house.gov. If you go to www.uscourts.gov you'll see this regarding the role of the Supreme Court, "The Supreme Court plays a very important role in our constitutional system of government. First, as the highest court in the land, it is the court of last resort for those looking for justice. Second, due to its power of judicial review, it plays an essential role in ensuring that each branch of government recognizes the limits of its own power. Third, it protects civil rights and liberties by striking down laws that violate the Constitution. Finally, it sets appropriate limits on democratic government by ensuring that popular majorities cannot pass laws that harm and/or take undue advantage of unpopular minorities. In essence, it serves to ensure that the changing views of a majority do not undermine the fundamental values common to all Americans, i.e., freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and due process of law."
These are the government's words. Not mine. Not any other Christian or Conservative's words. Their very website ensures us that the changing views of the majority DO NOT UNDERMINE the FUNDAMENTAL values COMMON to all Americans. Therefore, the fundamental value that has been common until just recently is what? The topic at hand... Traditional Marriage. It's never been questioned or mocked. It's been commonly normal. Yet now, we have some changing views... Ok. But, do not undermine MY fundamental values if I refuse to bend to the majority and their views.
Now, does that make me a bigot? Absolutely not. It just makes me a person with a belief system. If someone thinks I'm a bigot, guess what? To me, you're being judgmental. That seems to be what happens nowadays in our country. Anytime someone disagrees, they're automatically labeled a hater or a bigot. Not all people who support traditional marriage are hateful to those who don't. So, please, don't clump us all together.
Do I think Kim Davis could have done something different? Yes. And believe it or not, there will be other Christians who disagree with me on this. But, that's okay. I won't call them bigots or hypocrites. I'll respect their right to opinion. I, personally, think she should've stood as she did until she was ordered by the judge to issue the licenses or resign. Then, I think she should've resigned. Do I think she should've stopped there? No. I think she should've filed her own appeal for religious discrimination. This would still be a stand that others could support, she just wouldn't be behind bars. Either way... I don't feel that she should've been put in jail for any reason at all. If they're allowing her deputy clerks to issue licenses now, why not allow them while she was there? She wasn't trying to change or fight the ruling... She was simply stating she couldn't, in good conscience, issue the license. And she shouldn't have to if it violates her faith.
Who should've gotten jail time? The tolerant ones who sent her death threats.
That's for another time, though. It all boils down to: this has a lot more behind it than just gay marriage. A woman was literally put in jail because she refused to do something that was against her faith. Let me say that again... A woman was literally put in jail because she refused to do something that was against her faith! Why is a Muslim woman allowed to refuse to serve alcohol as a flight attendant and then sue when that becomes a problem? Now she has full political support. Because... "We have to respect someone's right to religious beliefs." Ha. All beliefs are protected except that of Christians. Public school systems ban prayer, Bible reading... They refuse to teach Creation and force Evolution on our children. They are giving no options to parents about keeping their children from learning about homosexual practices. Abortion is pushed on teens long before adoption is ever mentioned. And if a 3 year old boy picks up a baby doll one time, they're in his face asking him if he wants to be a girl. It's jacked up. They say everyone has rights? Then where are mine? Where was Kim's?
Why haven't they locked up those involved in the disgusting sales of Planned Parenthood? Why haven't we banned the burka when it clearly has terrorist security issues? Those who burn the American flag... Why haven't they been addressed? Illegal immigrants? Need I go on? Why did Kim Davis deserve jail more than these?
So, please... Before posting nasty things about her and/or other people who "support" her... Realize that their reasoning for said support goes a lot deeper than what you're thinking. People want to say she was pushing her beliefs off on others... Umm, no, she wasn't. She just wasn't going to back down from hers. They were trying to force her to do something she didn't feel comfortable about. All she was doing was saying she couldn't personally sign a marriage certificate. There were other counties and other clerks. They had options. She, however, obviously did not.
With all that being said... I'm not discouraged. I still have unspeakable joy in Jesus. I don't hate anyone. I don't even dislike anyone. I just think people who say they're all about tolerance... should be... umm... tolerant.
Even still... Life is great. God put us all here for such a time as this! So... hold your heads up high! Stand together. Pray every single day. Read God's Word to glean wisdom. Love everyone. Watch your words and actions. Be like Christ.
As Kim said... "All is well."
It really is.