One of the most interesting (and extremely ignored) stories in the Bible regarding a believer intentionally defying a Kings orders is found in the book of Daniel, chapter 6. There we find that Daniel (a Jew) was appointed by the King Darius (a Persian king) along with 2 others to manage 120 high officers who were also appointed by King Darius to manage his kingdom which he divided up in to 120 provinces.
Daniel impressed King Darius so much that the king was actually wanting to appoint daniel over the entire kingdom….kind of similar to how Joseph was appointed as #2 in Egypt to the Pharaoh. This, of course, caused the other administrators and high officers to become quite jealous and drove them to try and seek out a way to topple Daniel in the eyes of the king.
Unfortunately, Daniel was a trustworthy and honorable guy…and these dudes could find no fault in him. Because of this they sought to bring him down by attacking his faith (hmm…seems like this is not something unfamiliar to many Christians in the world today). They went to King Darius and advised that he pass a law forbidding anyone from praying to anyone or anything except to him (King Darius) over the course of 30 days…or risk being thrown into a den of lions as their punishment.
It was at that point that Daniel quit his government job under King Darius and went home and ceased praying for 30 days.
Or at least this is what you would think should’ve happened according to how many Christians are acting with regards to Kim Davis and her refusal to provide same sex marriage licenses in accordance with Kentucky law.
But thankfully, Daniel didn’t heed the advice of so many American Christians today, but instead he kept his job and went immediately home and PRAYED!
In a window!
So other’s could see him.
Which was a direct violation of the king’s decree. Punishable by death in a den of lions.
At this point….if followers of the One True God were like the Christians in America today….they would be demanding that Daniel quit his job, leave the country, or prayer in a more secretive place so as not to display his faith out in public because as a government official he needs to do his job and love others and not be offensive….and if he can’t do his job because of his faith….then he needs to just go ahead and quit his job.
All the while they would be citing scripture verses about giving unto Caesar what is Caesar’s, and submitting to the authorities that God has placed over man, and talking about how God puts authority in place therefore we should blindly and willingly do what they say.
Of course they are ignoring the entire book of Acts and the entire story of Daniel when they quote these scriptures, and refusing to see Jesus as more than a figurehead king.
Sounds silly and absurd to think Christians would say that of Daniel doesn’t it?
Or to even say that of the apostles and how they acted in the book of Acts.
Yet this is EXACTLY how they are responding with regards to Kim Davis, a Rowan County Clerk in Kentucky who is a fresh believer of 4 years and is acting with more courage, biblical tenacity, and with more constitutionality than our SCOTUS, Congress, and president combined.
Many of these Christians are actually having citing her 4 divorces that occurred long before she became a Christian as reason enough for her to not live out her Christian and civic duty because it’s “hypocritical”.
You hypocrites would be the same people decrying the Apostle Paul as a legitimate apostle and bearer of God’s word to the Gentiles because only a few short years prior to his ministry and being converted he was out killing Christians. So clearly he’s a hypocrite and unworthy of speaking for God.
And to that I say – you are all PATHETIC!
Maybe now you’ll listen and stop pretending that Jesus is only a powerless figurehead king with no real power or jurisdiction over your life and start living like the only King you serve is the King of Kings….Jesus Christ!
I’m embarrassed by the responses I’m seeing from high profile pastors and low profile Christians alike. Calling this woman a drama queen (last I checked – she wasn’t the one bringing news crews and cameras into her office and verbally assaulting anyone), or suggesting that her only recourse is to step down from her job. By doing this they are enabling our government to continue to pressure Christians out of public office. By doing this they are reinforcing a very unbiblical and unconstitutional approach to government policy in this nation.
Fortunately for us Daniel’s story didn’t end with him being chewed up by lions…and I don’t suspect that Kim Davis’s story will end that way either (at least I hope not).
When King Darius came to check on Daniel the next day he found Daniel unharmed. The king then had the men arrested who accused Daniel and had them thrown in the lion’s den along with their wives and children who were then torn to shreds by the lions.
Ouch! That’s a pretty harsh punishment for intentionally and unprovokingly going after a godly man.
And after all of that, the king made this decree:
“I decree that everyone throughout my kingdom should tremble with fear before the God of Daniel. For he is the living God, and he will endure forever. His kingdom will never be destroyed, and his rule will never end. He rescues and saves his people; he performs miraculous signs and wonders in the heavens and on earth. He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions.” | Daniel 6:26-27 NLT
Kim Davis is not in a literal lion’s den.
But, I would argue, she has been tossed into the midst of a bunch of wolves in sheeps clothing. She is being unfairly attacked by the media, unfairly jailed by an activist judge (who should be impeached for his behavior), and is being unfairly characterized and demeaned by those who should be the most on her side…fellow Christians (the wolves in sheeps in clothing).
What will these wolves ask of the shepherds when the government begins to demand that they marry homosexuals in their churches or face time in prison?
Don’t think it will happen?
Well, you also said people wouldn’t be jailed for living out their faith in America….but here we are.
So it would appear that Judge Brunning has apparently released Kim Davis today. From the New York Times article above:
In a two-page order issued Tuesday, the judge who sent her to jail, David L. Bunning of the Federal District Court, said he would release Ms. Davis because he was satisfied that her office was “fulfilling its obligation to issue marriage licenses to all legally eligible couples.”
Sometimes they say things are too good to be true. folks, this sounds better than it really is, and here is why. The judge completely missed the point about all of this being completely unconstitutional and illegal to begin with (including his own actions) and released her with this caveat:
Judge Bunning ordered that Ms. Davis “shall not interfere in any way, directly or indirectly, with the efforts of her deputy clerks to issue marriage licenses to all legally eligible couples.” He he [SIC] said that any such action would be regarded as “a violation” of his released order.
So basically what he’s saying is, “She can go home as long as she doesn’t uphold KY law and impede her deputy clerks from breaking KY law, and keeps her conscience and civic duty out of this.” Yes folks, this is the kind of convoluted insanity that we’re living with. All of which has it’s roots in a rogue activist federal judicial branch and a spineless Congress who won’t hold them accountable.
This judge is out of control along with the SCOTUS and should be impeached and imprisoned for violating KY law and the US constitution. He should be imprisoned or heavily fined for his part in forcing people to break the law.
All eyes are on Kim Davis now though.
Will she go back to work and put a stop to her deputy clerks acting unlawfully in accordance with KY law?
Will she quit her job?
Will she sue the federal government?
There are so many directions this could potentially go.
Time will tell.