I have tried to bite my tongue on the Kim Davis issue, but I feel led to expound on it tonight. For those of you who are not aware of who Kim is, she is a county clerk in KY, who has been refusing to issue marriage license to homosexual couples. I see non-Christian articles regarding her and how she is to obey the law of the land and how she is acting out in lawlessness. Then I see post from Christians saying she is brave and doing the right thing by not giving out marriage license. So what does the Bible really say about this topic?
Several people in the bible worked for the government. Not only did they work for the Babylonians, Persians and Egyptians, but also the Romans. Daniel was given the Babylonian name Belteshazzar, while his companions are given the Babylonian names Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. These are names of the Babylonian gods such as Nebo the moon god, and Baal. After Daniel interprets a dream, this happens, “Then Belshazzar gave orders, and they clothed Daniel with purple and put a necklace of gold around his neck, and issued a proclamation concerning him that he now had authority as the third ruler in the kingdom.” Daniel 5:29. Daniel and the Hebrew boys obeyed all the orders under the Persian rulers until it involved them worshiping another god. If the law of the land said to issue license for homosexuals, they would have obeyed. If it was to bake a cake for a wedding, they would have obeyed. When food that was more than likely sacrificed to idols was set before Daniel, he went and ASKED PERMISSION to eat vegetables. He did not refuse to eat the food set before him. Let’s look at that.
“But Daniel made up his mind that he would not defile himself with the king’s choice food or with the wine which he drank; so he sought permission from the commander of the officials that he might not defile himself.” Daniel 1:8 NASB. And verse nine says that GOD GRANTED HIM FAVOR.
Same goes for Joseph, “Moreover, Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Though I am Pharaoh, yet without your permission no one shall raise his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt.” Then Pharaoh named Joseph Zaphenath-paneah; and he gave him Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera priest of On, as his wife. And Joseph went forth over the land of Egypt.” Genesis 41:44-45 NASB.
Priest of On? On, was the city of the sun god worship Re. Joseph did not say, “I cannot take this woman to wife.” He would not have insulted the Pharaoh.
Joseph, Daniel and the Hebrew boys did not refuse to take the new names of these gods, nor did they refuse to wear their clothing and jewelry and Joseph did not refuse the wife given to him.
“Dina d’malchuta dina,” means the law of the land is the law [and must be obeyed], is a phrase repeated numerous times in the Talmud (Jewish law and writings). This phrase is attributed to the sage Samuel. According to Samuel, there is no question that a Jew must obey the laws of the land in which he/she resides unless that law directly informed the people to worship idols or other gods.
Romans 13 says this, “Everyone is to obey the governing authorities. For there is no authority that is not from God, and the existing authorities have been placed where they are by God. Therefore, whoever resists the authorities is resisting what God has instituted; AND THOSE WHO RESIST WILL BRING JUDGMENT ON THEMSELVES. 13:1-2 CJB. Perhaps you do not think God placed Obama in office? The bible in multiple scriptures declares that He does set up rulers. Let’s look at that.
“He removes kings and establishes kings; He gives wisdom to wise men And knowledge to men of understanding.” Daniel 2:21 NASB.
“I will gather together all the armies of the north under King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, whom I have appointed as my deputy (servant). I will bring them all against this land and its people and against the surrounding nations. I will completely destroy you and make you an object of horror and contempt and a ruin forever.” Jeremiah 25:9 NLT. We should fear God more than the men. So what else does scripture say about this topic?
We do see a different circumstance in Acts 4, but it involves the Religious rulers and not the Roman government. Let’s read that. “And when they had summoned them (Peter & John), they (Elders, Scribes and High Priest) commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered and said to them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to give heed to you rather than to God, you be the judge; for we cannot stop speaking about what we have seen and heard.” Acts 4:18-20 NASB.
And again we see this type of answer from the apostles but it is directed at church leadership.
“When they had brought them, they stood them before the Council. The high priest questioned them, saying, “We gave you strict orders not to continue teaching in this name, and yet, you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.” But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men.” Acts 5:27-29 NASB.
However, even greater than this is what happened after Naaman was healed of leprosy and if these verses don’t convince you that Kim Davis needs to issue a marriage license, I don’t know what will.
“ Then, with his whole retinue, he returned to the man of God, went and stood before him, and said, “Well, I’ve learned that there is no God in all the earth except in Isra’el; therefore, please accept a present from your servant.” But Elisha answered, “As Adonai lives, before whom I stand, I will not accept it.” And despite his urging him to take it, he refused So Na‘aman said, “If you won’t take it, then please let your servant be given as much earth as two mules can carry; because from now on, your servant will offer neither burnt offerings nor sacrifices to other gods, but only to Adonai. Except this, and may Adonai forgive your servant for it: when my master goes into the temple of Rimmon to worship there, and he leans on my hand, and I bow down in the temple of Rimmon — when I bow down, may Adonai forgive your servant for this.” Elisha said to him, “Go in peace.”2nd Kings 5:15-19 CJB.
Na’aman admits to the mightiest prophet of his day that Adonai was the only God, but that when his master (Ruler of the land) bowed down to Rimmon, forgive me he said because my heart will not be towards this god, but Yahweh. The voice of God in that day was the mouth of the prophets and you see what this great prophet Elisha said concerning this, “GO IN PEACE”… He didn’t say you shall disobey your master and ruler and not bow down when he leans on you and takes you into the temple of HIS GOD. Why? Because the man had just confessed with his heart that there was no other God but Adonai.
Kim may be convicted not to sign her name on something, but signing her name is not signing her heart.
I personally have broken the law of the land so I am not trying to judge this lady, but just show some verses for clarification on the matter. Hope this helps.