I don’t know about you, but my social media newsfeed is FULL of opinions on the Kim Davis Controversy. If you want to have a debate about what Kim Davis should be doing, this post is not for you.
The last thing this world needs is another person airing their opinion on her actions. So I’m not going to do that. I’m not even sure what I would do if I were in her shoes. I think it’s a much tougher situation than either side is willing to admit.
I’m finding more and more that who I am as a Christian is coming into conflict with who I am as an American. I’m not sure exactly how to deal with all of that dissonance, but I do know that my primary citizenship is in heaven. Earthly governments serve God’s purposes for a time, they “don’t bear the sword for nothing,” but they are only temporal. The kingdom of heaven is forever.
Is Kim Davis right? Wrong? I don’t know. But what I do know is that I have some serious concerns about the way the body of Christ treats each other; and, the reaction to Kim Davis is only the latest in a long string of examples I could give. So rather than try to split the hairs and determine what she should or should not do in this very difficult situation, I’d like to share some things I wish we’d should all start doing.
I wish we’d pray more for each other.
Whether you think Ms. Davis is a martyr for Christ or completely misrepresenting Him, how much have you prayed for your sister? Have you asked God to speak to her, to give her wisdom and strength to follow His lead, whatever it is? Have you prayed that God would be glorified through her, as imperfect as she is, and that people would come to know Him through her?
“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” James 5:16
I wish we’d stop throwing each other under the bus in order to impress the world.
The modern church has this down to an artform. We’re so busy trying to curry favor with the world that we gladly eat our own to prove that we are not like “those Christians.” Like it or not, Kim Davis is our sister. Maybe she’s not handling the situation exactly the way you or I would; but if the church is ready to throw someone under the bus the instant they do something embarrassing, who of us is safe in this family?
Paul has some pretty harsh things to say about believers airing their grievances with one another to the world. (1 Corinthians 6)
I see so much concern about the world being turned off by Kim Davis’ actions. Where is the concern for our (relatively new) sister in the Lord being turned off by a Church that cares more about what the world thinks than about being there for one another?
Sure, we might gain a small temporary boost in the eyes of our non-Christian friends by sharing a scathing post about Kim Davis; but, at the end of the day, Joe Non-Christian knows that, should he ever be interested in the things of God, Church is definitely not a safe place to explore those promptings.
I wish we’d stop disqualifying each other based on our sinful past.
I was so disheartened to see so many Christians, pastors even, who made the argument that Kim Davis had no right to have moral convictions because of her past divorces. (That happened before she was even a believer, by the way)
Brothers and sisters, we have an accuser, and his name is satan! Please, I implore you from the very depth of my being, stop pointing to one another’s past to disqualify each other from the present and future hope that we have in Christ. How can we stand as accusers of what God has long forgotten?
“As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” Psalm 103:12
“For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.” Jeremiah 31:34
I wish we would stop dividing over disputable matters.
The kingdom of heaven is at hand! We really do not have time for all the aforementioned nonsense. If it’s not a matter of salvation or the authority of God’s word, then take a que from Elsa and just let it go. We have kingdom business to attend to. Let’s stop wasting our energy fighting each other, and start fighting our real enemy instead.
Beloved brothers and sisters let us love one another, even when when disagree, even when it’s hard, even when it hurts.
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do,whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:12-17