As the Clerk of the Court in a county in Kentucky, she has been ordered by the Supreme Court of the United States to provide and sign a Marriage License to gay couples in her county. On the basis of her understanding of the Bible concerning marriage, she refuses to do so, in any fashion. In her case she is leaning on the scripture and the teaching of church. The Federal judge handling the case has very kindly offered several compromises, which of course she has steadfastly refused. She sits in jail, charged with contempt of court.
While I am thankful for a kind judge, I make a connection between another historically famous and kind judge in the controversy over John Bunyan’s refusal to accept a government license to preach and stayed in the Bedford Jail for 13 years while writing The Pilgrim’s Progress. Many suggest that as John was a preacher, that makes it different. Could be.
But what about another famous historical man, one who lost his head due to a refusal to bow to a King’s command to participate in the Kings annulment of marriage? Was he a “Dumb Hillbilly?
King Henry V111 determined to do away with his wife, Catherine of Aragon. As Lord High Chancellor of England, a position with even more power than our Attorney’s General, Sir Thomas More, a man for all seasons, refused and after months of intrigue, Henry had The High Chancellor’s head severed. All due to a matter of conscience, namely, the sincere belief that King Henry could not rightfully lay claim to the title of Ruler of The Church of England. This ploy would result in empowering Thomas to annul the marriage instead of the Pope of Rome, who had also refused the annulment.
Mrs. Davis has, and is, demonstrating that her stand is not based on preference, but on sincere religious conviction. She is willing to suffer, and actually suffering, for her biblically sound faith.
I encourage Christians of all persuasions to say a prayer for Mrs. Davis, a relatively new convert to Jesus as she, as was Esther, may have been brought to our country for such an hour as this. Esther 4:14.
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