My Take On Kim Davis

My Take On Kim Davis

As I write this, I’m sitting in a Trevecca chapel service listening to Shawna Songer Gaines preach from Daniel 1.

Four promising young Hebrew men have been exiled to Babylon under King Nebuchadnezzar. The king is in the process of assimilating them into the Babylonian mind-set. He has already changed their names from Hebrew-God-honoring names to Babylon-god-honoring names.

Now, they are being directed to consume the Babylonian food. Daniel, whose names means God is my judge, has been re-named Belteshazzar, which means Bel protect his life. (Bel was a Babylonian god.) But Daniel refuses to eat the king’s fare and requests that he and his three Hebrew friends be allowed to eat vegetables instead. They will be the test crash dummies for the diet. If the food they eat (and the God they serve), does not make them better, they will accept their fate.

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10 Concerns About The Supreme Court’s Same Sex Marriage Ruling

10 Concerns About The Supreme Court’s Same Sex Marriage Ruling

**edited to add P.S. at the end of the post – 7/10/2015**

I’ve tried to listen, pray, and think about the impact of last month’s Supreme Court ruling that now allows for same sex marriage. It seems to be a coming-out celebration party for everyone who identifies as homosexual and for their friends.

Some have described it in the same vein as Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. While I would not go that far, I do think many who have lived in the secrecy of public shame are emboldened that a public declaration makes them a little less sidelined and affords them a government-approved entrance ramp to marital bliss.

I’ve tried to imagine myself in their shoes. To be shamed for an orientation I did not choose, and to live with it secretly for fear of what others might think of me or do to me, would be a very heavy burden. So I do understand some of the “we-won” reaction.

However, the large majority of same-sex folk are not headed to the marriage altar. They just want their orientation “normalized.” And, like it or not in the church, this decision goes a long way in that direction.

A decision that impacts something as foundational as the definition of marriage will take a while to create consequences. As I look ahead, I have concerns (and some predictions) about the impact of this decision.

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