Christians Divided over Response to Kim Davis
Veronica NeffingerReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2015 Sep 23
Those in the Christian community are divided over whether to support county clerk Kim Davis who was jailed for her refusal to issue same-sex marriage licenses.
Writing for the Christian Post, Patrina Mosley states that the response to Kim Davis was fairly evenly split between those who hailed her as a hero of the Christian faith and religious freedom and those who asserted that she wasn’t a good representation of the Christian faith and should do her job.
Mosley provides several images from social media that express opinions that Kim Davis is not a hero of religious freedom.
One picture shows a picture of ISIS militants about to kill Americans and says “This is the persecution of Christians.” The other picture shows Kim Davis and states, “This is just a woman not doing her job.”
Another picture shows Martin Luther and Kim Davis in different panels and states, “One has the moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws. LIKE if you agree.”
Mosley, however, says that restrictions of religious freedom, like in the Kim Davis case, could eventually lead to the kind of persecution Christians experience in places like Iraq and Syria.
Mosley cites the instances of the Christian cake bakers who refused to make wedding cakes for gay weddings and Christian photographers who refused to shoot gay weddings, and says that Christians were on board with these cases of religious freedom restriction, but wonders why Christians are more divided over the Kim Davis case.
“Have we really bought into the lie that your faith is private, or is there a slight elitism of mainstream Christianity that says if you ‘look like us, talk like us’ and ‘don't come from back-woods, no-name, religious places’ then we'll accept you as a martyr on ‘our team,’ Mosley asks.
Photo courtesy: Wikimedia Commons
Publication date: September 23, 2015