Why does the Kentucky County Clerk case matter?

Unfortunately, I picked a bad time to return to Facebook. My whole news feed, even my list of blogs that I follow, is being bombarded with the news about the Kentucky County clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples on religious grounds.

Let me make something very clear here: we have blown this up beyond what it should be. What started as a simple local matter has exploded into a national concern in a matter of days (and some conspiracy theorists are screaming “What is the government trying to cover up?”).

Regardless, we need to touch on this issue here with Reclaim the Faith, because this ministry is all about living the life of a disciple of Jesus, no matter the circumstances.

As we all know, just a few months ago, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality, ordering all same sex marriages across the board as legal and recognized as a marriage in the eyes of the US Government. Now, there was also a little clause in there that I feel people keep over-looking:

“Finally, it must be emphasized that religions, and those who adhere to religious doctrines, may continue to advocate with utmost, sincere conviction that, by divine precepts, same-sex marriage should not be condoned. The First Amendment ensures that religious organizations and persons are given proper protection as they seek to teach the principles that are so fulfilling and so central to their lives and faiths, and to their own deep aspirations to continue the family structure they have long revered. The same is true of those who oppose same-sex marriage for other reasons. In turn, those who believe allowing same sex marriage is proper or indeed essential, whether as a matter of religious conviction or secular belief, may engage those who disagree with their view in an open and searching debate. The Constitution, however, does not permit the State to bar same-sex couples from marriage on the same terms as accorded to couples of the opposite sex.” (This is found on page 27 of the Opinion of the Court section of the ruling, which can be found here)

I’m sorry, that’s long (you should see the full ruling), but here’s the point I want to make in reference to the case as it is in Kentucky: she work(ed) for the State. The constitution, by ruling of the Supreme Court of the United States, rules in favor of same-sex marriage. So, if you work for the State, you must obey the rulings of the State.

Now, here’s where the application for all of us comes in: if you are working for or in or with a company or organization who’s policies and procedures or mission or whatever goes against what the laws of the LORD, the LORD has two guidelines for you to follow:

  1. Try to see if you can get the policy changed. Work from the inside to move the mission of the company/organization toward a more Biblical viewpoint, either with caution or boldly. Choose wisely and seek His wisdom.
  2. Quit your job and find something in a company that aligns more closely, if not completely, with the laws of the LORD. Again, choose wisely and seek His wisdom.

This woman, unfortunately, tried to defy the government put in place by God (see Romans 13; John 19:11), and has received her just reward.

Keep in mind the teachings of Jesus and ask this question in all that you do, “What do I need to do to obey the teachings of Jesus?”

This is what the Sovereign LORD says.

2 thoughts on “Why does the Kentucky County Clerk case matter?

  1. I really struggled with this whole thing too. The point I brought up with my husband today is – what about the government using taxpayer money to support the murder of babies in the womb. Does this mean we should all quit our jobs and not pay taxes?? (Hopefully you get my train of thought with this). So, I do think it’s great that she is bold enough to stand for righteousness…but the big picture goes way beyond just the issue of our country officially accepting gay marriage… and I wonder if she handled it the right way or not. I do know that the times we live in are scary. The world is quickly coming to a place where it no longer wants anything to do with the name of Jesus.


    1. We, as Christians, need to learn where to draw the line between political and religious issues. We also need to learn where the line is. We need to realize that the government is not there to protect or promote our religious rights, but rather our rights as citizens of this country to worship how we please.

      The issue we’re running into now is the fact that we are preaching hate and judgement instead of love and healing. The name of Jesus is no longer being used as the means of salvation but rather as a means of judgment. We need to stop spewing hate and start showing love. The world, our country, only knows what we’re against. We need to show what we’re for, and that’s freedom from sin and judgement and a better life.

      The whole law, which is the source of these hate gospels, is summed up in two short phrases: Love God with everything and love your neighbor (everyone else) like you would love yourself. I don’t know about you, but if I were gay or searching, or was in the military, or just hand an abortion, the last thing I would want is for people to be yelling at me, saying I’m going to hell, that God hates me, and make me want to kill myself.

      Jesus never once promoted hate and violence, only love for other people and respect for God and His creation.


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