Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis and her conservative “Christian” fans may feel like they have achieved some sort of victory, but one Baptist pastor isn’t impressed at all.
Davis is infamous for repeatedly denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples despite same-sex marriage being legal in all 50 states. Her refusal to follow the law landed her in jail. Then bigoted conservative “Christians” like Mike Huckabee flocked to her defense, whining about imaginary persecution while claiming that the Supreme Court has no authority to rule on the constitutionality of laws and declaring that “God’s authority” is higher than the Constitution that doesn’t endorse any specific religion at all.
Davis was released from jail after a few days, when her deputy clerks began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. And now, Davis and her attorneys are vowing to continue fighting even though she has lost at every level of the judicial system.
Rather than persuading Americans to see evangelicals in a positive light, Pastor Russell Williams of McCormick Road Baptist Church in Florida says that Davis and her fans are actually hurting Christianity by committing hypocrisy and acting so vile that it turns people away from religion.
Williams wrote a post on Facebook thoroughly crushing Davis and her persecution complex, becoming one of the few evangelical pastors in a southern state to openly blast the homophobic Kentucky clerk and her anti-gay supporters.
“This is not a case of the government forcing anyone to violate their religious belief,” Williams correctly stated. “She is free to quit her job. If she quits her job to honor God surely God would take care of her.”
He then points out a huge hypocrisy committed by Davis herself: the fact that she has been married four times.
Williams goes on to accuse Davis of running a get-rich quick scheme by crusading against gay people in an effort to become a martyr who the right-wing will raise money for, and says that evangelicals are losing because they don’t practice what they preach. He also called upon evangelicals to stop trying to force America into becoming a Christian nation.
Here’s the full letter via Facebook:
Since I am a pastor of a southern Baptist church please allow me to weigh in on the case of Kim Davis, the lady in Kentucky who refuses to issue a marriage licenses to a same sex couple.
First: This is not a case of the government forcing anyone to violate their religious belief. She is free to quit her job. If she quits her job to honor God surely God would take care of her.
Second: This is not a case of someone trying to uphold the sanctity of marriage. If she wanted to uphold the sanctity of marriage she should not have been married four different times. If she is worried about her name being affixed to a marriage license that goes against a biblical definition of marriage, she should not have her name on the last three marriage licenses given to her.
Third: This seems to be a case of someone looking to cash in on the religious right. Churches all across the south will throw money at her to come and tell congregations how the evil American government put her in jail because of her faith in Jesus.
This is why we are losing.
This is why people have such disdain for evangelicals.
Not because we disagree but because we don’t take the bible seriously. If ever there was a case of “he who is without sin cast the first stone”, this is it. If ever there was a “take the log out of your eye” moment, this is it.
We must stop looking to the government to make America a Christian utopia. Our kingdom is not of this world.
We must abandon all thoughts of fixing others and let Jesus fix us.
If we want sanctity of marriage then stop cheating, stop having affairs, stop looking at porn, stop getting divorces. That is the way for the church to stand up for the biblical definition of marriage, not by someone martyring their self-righteous self.
Well said, Pastor Williams. Hopefully, your fellow evangelicals will get the message.
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