Mrs. Kim Davis, the county court clerk in Kentucky State recently stood her ground on the basis of her righteous Christian faith and refused to issue marriage license to same-sex couples. On September 3rd, 2015, a United States District Court Judge declared her in contempt of court, and she was locked up in jail for about five days. Many considered her actions as foolishness or disloyalty to her employer. They said she should have realized that she was being paid by the tax payer to issue marriage license to people in the county. Many people were of the opinion that she should have resigned from the job instead of refusing to sign the marriage license. The various schools of thought were right in the secular sense of judgment of mankind. But Mrs. Kim Davis was not focusing on the pains that associated with the likelihood of losing her job. She was not even concerned herself with the possibility of being jailed for contempt of the Supreme Court of the United States of America. Her focus was on the holiness and righteousness of God. She was not ready to exchange her precious faith for the job that perishes with time. Mrs. Davis is not a pastor—indicating that she was not exhibiting any perfection in the “perfect” sense of man. Nevertheless in her feeble and helplessness, she took her stand. She would rather face a contempt of court charges, or perhaps losing her job instead of earning monthly wages of sin.
God exonerated her because God never leaves His people in the cold. Regardless of the crookedness of humanity, her blunt refusal to sign the marriage license for the same-sex people became a political talking point in the nation. The issue became an eye opener for millions in America. For the first time, the people began to realize that Christians have right and freedom to practice their Christian faith under the Constitution of United States of America. She was eventually released and she suddenly became a celebrated faithful person in the company of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego of the Bible in the United States.
Phinehas abhorred the sexual immorality and idolatry that was going in the camp of the children of God that brought the plague upon the people of God. He stood up to defend the sanctity of the camp when he saw Zimri, son of Salu and Cozbi, the Midianitish woman committing sexual immoralities while the rest of the Israelites were at the door of the Tent of Meeting crying and pleading for forgiveness of their sin in the camp so that the plague that had destroyed 24,000 people might stop. “And, behold, one of the children of Israel came and brought unto his brethren a Midianitish woman in the sight of Moses, and in the sight of all the congregation of the children of Israel, who were weeping before the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. And when Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, saw it, he rose up from among the congregation, and took a javelin in his hand; And he went after the man of Israel into the tent, and thrust both of them through, the man of Israel, and the woman through her belly. So the plague was stayed from the children of Israel.” (Numbers 25:6-8 KJV) He rose up with a javelin in his hand and slew both of them, and the plague stopped. In this scenario, Phinehas demonstrated the zeal for righteousness and the sanctity of the glorious temple of God. The author of this write up is not implying that people should take weapon against sinful people in our community because it is a crime and it is against the principle of Christian faith. Apart from the express commandment of God that says, “Thou shall not kill,” God is not interested in the death of sinners. He want them to come to repentance.
When Jesus Christ found that some people had turned the temple of God to a market place for buying and selling, He defended the sanctity of the Sanctuary. “And He found in the temple those who were selling oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. And He made a scourge of cords, and drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen; and He poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables; and to those who were selling the doves He said, “Take these things away; stop making My Father’s house a place of business.” (John 2:14-16 KJV)
The question here for all of us, “Are we standing our ground to defend the glory of God in our Christian lives?” Do we represent a voice of righteousness in this unrighteous world? If we fail to stand up for something glorious and righteous, we will fall for everything inglorious and sinful compromise. The harrowing experiences of evil compromise may include sinful temptations, immoralities and all kinds of vices of our time. Stand up for Christ today!
Prayer: O Lord, endow me the divine ability and tenacity to stand my ground in righteousness for the glory of God in this extended grace of God in our lives in Jesus name. Let me not bury my head in the sand because of the fear of man, in Jesus name.