County Clerk is a civil servant job, and as such, anyone employed as a County Clerk is required to comply with the law. Kim Davis does not have the right in her capacity as a civil servant to decide which laws to enforce and which laws she can ignore. If Kim Davis is allowed to disobey the law, then anyone who decides a law is unjust - e.g., anti-drug laws - will be free to ignore any law he or she doesn't like. The result will be complete chaos and anarchy in our country.
If Kim Davis feels it is wrong to give marriage licenses to same sex couples, then she needs to resign from a job that requires her to do so. She is not free to ignore a valid - albeit immoral - law. St. Thomas More set the precedent for us, and we need to follow his example.
I believe that abortion is immoral, and therefore, I will never work in an abortion clinic in any capacity. But I do not have the right to work at an abortion clinic and, in my capacity as an employee of that clinic, stop women from having abortions. To do so would be to act in violation of the law and would result in chaos and anarchy. I can pray and protest outside of an abortion clinic, but not in it. This same principal applies to Kim Davis and all other civil servants.
I will be the first to agree that the same sex marriage law is immoral and I do not personally support it in any way. The law legalizing same sex marriage will result in persecution of Christians. I fully expect that eventually all churches will be required to marry same sex couples. Most churches will comply. However, the Catholic Church will never comply and we will suffer the consequences, probably losing our tax exemption status and maybe even be shut down and forced to go underground. We will probably see priests jailed for refusing to comply with the law.
But this is not the case with Kim Davis. She is employed as a civil servant whose job it is to comply with the law. That law requires her to give marriage licenses to same sex couples. She must act in accordance with that law or she must resign her job.
Kim Davis not only refused to give marriage licenses to same sex couples but to straight couples as well. She had become a law unto herself. She was wrong, and anyone who supports her actions is advocating for the destruction of the rule of law. St. Thomas More knew this, and, therefore, when he was required as chancellor to support the immoral divorce and remarriage of Henry VIII, he did not stay and refuse to enforce the law. He resigned his position.
Christians must realize that as followers of Christ, we need to always take the high ground. Our Lord told us in Matthew 5:38-42:
You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.If we are to really comply with this command from Jesus Christ, we would never participate in protests, either. When we protest, we are creating a confrontational situation and resisting an evil person, which is in direct contradiction to the command from Our Lord.
|Msgr. Philip Reilly|
I have written this more than once, but our job as Christians is not to get in people's faces and tell them how wrong they are. Our job is to bring people to Christ and His saving graces. We will never do that by acting as the world does. Our Lord never resisted those who opposed him. When he was captured in the garden the night before his crucifixion, he willingly gave himself up to the guards. He told Pontius Pilate that if he was of this world his followers would fight. but since Christ was not of this world, his followers would give no resistance. "My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place." (John 18:36)
Even though Kim Davis is right to reject immoral laws, she is responding in a very worldly and unChristian way. Kim Davis is acting in an arrogant and self righteous manner which will only bring on more persecution. She is acting as the world does, and not as Jesus Christ would. Her actions will never convince those support the same sex marriage law. Her actions actually give supporters of the law even more reason to condemn Christians.
Let us as Christians follow Jesus Christ, and not the way of the world.