The Kentucky County Clerk that is refusing to follow the law of the land, Democrat Kim Davis, should not be placed upon a pedestal for her “defense” of Christianity. In fact, she should be admonished for not following the laws of the secular nation in which she makes a living.
But Texas’ junior senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz begs us to “stand with Kim Davis”.
Cruz: I Call Upon Every Believer, Every Constitutionalist, Every Lover of Liberty to Stand with Kim Davis
Statement on Arrest of Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis
HOUSTON, Texas – U.S. Sen. Cruz, R-Texas, today released the following statement regarding the arrest of Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis:
“Today, judicial lawlessness crossed into judicial tyranny. Today, for the first time ever, the government arrested a Christian woman for living according to her faith. This is wrong. This is not America.
“I stand with Kim Davis. Unequivocally. I stand with every American that the Obama Administration is trying to force to chose between honoring his or her faith or complying with a lawless court opinion.
“In dissent, Chief Justice Roberts rightly observed that the Court’s marriage opinion has nothing to do with the Constitution. Justice Scalia observed that the Court’s opinion was so contrary to law that state and local officials would choose to defy it.
“For every politician — Democrat and Republican — who is tut-tutting that Davis must resign, they are defending a hypocritical standard. Where is the call for the mayor of San Francisco to resign for creating a sanctuary city — resulting in the murder of American citizens by criminal illegal aliens welcomed by his lawlessness?
“Where is the call for President Obama to resign for ignoring and defying our immigration laws, our welfare reform laws, and even his own Obamacare?
“When the mayor of San Francisco and President Obama resign, then we can talk about Kim Davis.
“Those who are persecuting Kim Davis believe that Christians should not serve in public office. That is the consequence of their position. Or, if Christians do serve in public office, they must disregard their religious faith–or be sent to jail.
“Kim Davis should not be in jail. We are a country founded on Judeo-Christian values, founded by those fleeing religious oppression and seeking a land where we could worship God and live according to our faith, without being imprisoned for doing so.
“I call upon every Believer, every Constitutionalist, every lover of liberty to stand with Kim Davis. Stop the persecution now.”
Sen. Cruz, as we all know, because he never stops telling us, is a “brilliant” legal scholar and expert on the constitution. More to the point, he is a political panderer that doesn’t want anyone in the current race for President to get to his right on any issue.
Let’s get one thing straight – Kim Davis was not jailed for her Christian faith. She was jailed for refusing to follow a lawful order in her capacity as an elected official. As the judge who ordered her jailed noted, she took an oath to follow the Constitution and she must adhere to that oath.
Of course, if she really, truly wanted to follow her faith, all she has to do is resign her cushy government job.
But that would be asking too much, now wouldn’t it? Christians should never have to sacrifice for their faith.
Oh sure, Cruz the panderer will get a few points from those that refuse to think about this issue. And he will continue his quest to be the Republican nominee in better shape because of it.
But he isn’t right and doesn’t have a constitutional leg to stand on.
Stand with Kim Davis?
No thank you. I’ll stand with the law of the land. After all:
13 It is important that all of us submit to the authorities who have charge over us because God establishes all authority in heaven and on the earth. 2 Therefore, a person who rebels against authority rebels against the order He established, and people like that can expect to face certain judgment. 3 You see, if you do the right thing, you have nothing to be worried about from the rulers; but if you do what you know is wrong, the rulers will make sure you pay a price. Would you not rather live with a clear conscience than always have to be looking over your shoulder? Then keep doing what you know to be good and right, and they will publicly honor you.
4 Look at it this way: The ruler is a servant of God called to serve and benefit you. But he is also a servant of God executing wrath upon those who practice evil. If you do what is wrong, then you’d better be afraid because he wields the power of the sword and doesn’t make empty threats.
At the time, Christians are a tiny minority within Judaism, a minor religion in the largest empire the world has ever seen. Minorities are often the subjects of rumors, suspicions, and innuendos. Christians don’t need to add to the problem by developing a reputation as lawbreakers and rebels. So Kingdom citizens are not to dodge taxes or cheat on fees imposed by legitimate governing authorities. They are to show the proper respect for officials in power. Ultimately those who follow the truth of the gospel under the banner of the Anointed One may find themselves at odds with the powers that be. But Paul’s counsel here is not a blanket approval of any and every government that may arise in a broken world.
5 So submission is not optional; it’s required. But don’t just submit for the sake of avoiding punishment; submit and abide by the laws because your conscience leads you to do the right thing. 6 Pay your taxes for the same reason because the authorities are servants of God, giving their full attention to take care of these things. 7 Pay all of them what you owe. If you owe taxes, then pay. If you owe fees, then pay. In the same way, give honor and respect to those who deserve it.
I’ll have a lot more respect for Kim Davis’ “Christian beliefs” when she gives up her government job to uphold them. Until then, she’s no better than Ted Cruz, pandering to the lowest common denominator in order to get attention.