Know Your Enemy — by Jake

Know Your Enemy

Am I alone in thinking that perhaps Kim Davis (the Rowan County, Kentucky Clerk who was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses because of her religious objections to gay marriage) is not doing God or the church any favors? There seems to be plenty of church people who are completely sold on the idea that she has become our newest great example of what it means to fight ‘religious persecution.’

To me this seems like a pretty comfortable form of persecution. We view two people of the same sex wanting to join a different tax bracket as an attack on our moral high ground. Because that’s what a government issued marriage license is, right? If we, the Church, allow it to be more than that, then we are allowing and recognizing that a government can define what we know are biblical truths. We want to look at this as just another domino to fall in the on-going fight against Christianity in America.

Should Mrs. Davis have been arrested? By the letter of the law, I suppose. However, if we are going to start arresting public officials for not upholding the statutes they have sworn themselves to, we can probably start a little higher than Rowan County, Kentucky. But look at what this story has done, even to you, Christians.

It’s taken over for the attention of what Planned Parenthood has been reported of doing. Is abortion not persecution? What about the toddler who washed up face down onto a beach in Turkey because the boat his father put him on to escape war capsized. Where is our outrage for this? Christians in Syria and Iraq are, literally, being driven out of their homes, sold into slavery, raped and mass-murdered. That is persecution.

I am not suggesting that there’s no place for advocacy here on behalf of civil issues that affect the religious. I am suggesting, though, that we as followers of Christ, always be mindful that we are part of something bigger. Countries and governments and kingdoms will forever rise and fall. People will always be caught up in that. So, we “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness … ” (Matthew 6:33)

Before we choose to speak (read:type) about whatever cause/issue that stirs us up, we must first prepare ourselves properly …

Ephesians 6:10-20
10 “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, 19 and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel,20 for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.”

Jake

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