When is it right to disobey the law?

By Bob Russell

I admire the courage of Kim Davis, the Rowan County clerk who has stubbornly refused to grant same-sex marriage licenses in her district. She stated to do so would be to disobey God’s authority. For her, it was a choice between heaven and hell. Gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin stated he was “absolutely” standing by Mrs. Davis and pointed out she has every right to exercise her first amendment rights – the free exercise of religion.

This past Thursday District Court Judge David Bunning ordered Kim Davis imprisoned – which was not exactly a commensurate penalty for her offense.* That prompted former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee to tweet, “Kim Davis in Federal Custody removes all doubts about the criminalization of Christianity in this country.”

Kim Davis knows the Bible clearly states that marriage is to be between a man and a woman. She believes her name on the license would indicate her endorsement of what God’s Word labels a perversion. Therefore she had three choices: (a) She could refuse to issue a marriage license to same sex couples, (b) she could comply with the Supreme Court’s ruling and violate her conscience or (c) she could resign her position as County Clerk. She chose the first option knowing full well her refusal would create a significant stir.

What would you do? That question may be more relevant for you in the near future than you imagine right now. As our culture becomes increasingly intolerant of the basic principles of the Christian faith, someday soon you may be called upon to make a choice between obeying God’s Word and obeying man’s law. Continue…

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