A Firm Resignation

When it comes to a despot authority, Christians are called to resist, not give in. Christians are called to battle, not cower. Christians are called to put an end to evil, not take a side-step and let evil roll over the next person in line. No, Christians take the hit from evil on the chin, and get back up.

Kim Davis, for instance, does need to resign, but not from her job. She needs to resign herself to the battle, to dig her heels in and put on the armor of God. And the churches need to support her. This is where eschatology matters. If you are of the baptist dispensational bent, then the world is a sinking ship and Christians should stop rearranging the furniture because there is no future except to be ‘raptured’ out of here. After all, we can’t change the world.

If you are of the Reformed bent, particularly the postmillennial flavor, then grab your shovel and your sword and get to work, because we have a Great Commission to fulfill. And never forget we have the Triune God on our side who will bless us for a thousand generations. For a taste of both of these view points, look here and here (side note: I respect both of these men, and so should you, and I cherish their words very much, both are Christians, no doubt about it. So, no screeching allowed).

In the case of Kim Davis, some may see her as hypocritical. After all, she was divorced before and then remarried. Well, if the ethics of our lives currently were based on the sins of our past, I wonder where we all would be? Would an ex-gang banger be a hypocrite to tell young kids not to join a gang? How about someone who engaged in sexual intercourse before they were married, could they tell a young couple to abstain before the wedding night? Could a repentant liar tell people to stop lying? Could a repentant divorced woman stand for biblical marriage?

Well, some might say, if she doesn’t want to issue marriage licenses because she thinks gay marriage is wrong, then she should move aside and let someone else do it. That doesn’t follow either. Not from a Christian worldview. Not if our example is Jesus and the saints of Scripture (Joseph, Esther, Daniel, Peter, Paul, and everyone in Hebrews 11). The priority of Christians, now this might sound weird, I know, but the priority of Christians to fill the earth with the glory of God. The glory of God is the Lordship of Christ (Hebrews 1:3), and that lordship, that rule and reign, has a Law and it is not man’s law.

All of creation is to be brought into submission and conformity with Jesus, hence this little bit from the Lord Himself, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” Matthew 28:18-20.

This discipling is supposed to occur in every home and every pew, in every business place and market, and let us not forget, in every courtroom and clerk’s office, yes to the ends of the earth. Every part of a nation that makes up a nation is to be discipled according to the commandments of Jesus. In the language of the Puritans, “Oh but if man would only submit to their calling to change the world and suffer for the sake of Christ!”

Remember that time in the New Testament when the civil authorities (Jew and Gentile) told the early church to stop preaching Christ and stop living like Christians, because it upset the economy and challenged the laws of Jerusalem and the Lordship of Caesar in Rome, and all the Apostles and Christians were like, “Ok, ok, ok, but only because you are the government in authority over us”? Remember that? Yeah, me neither.

Kim Davis is now in jail; she is like Joseph, and Daniel. If she were to tuck tail and run because she stepped into a battle between the seed of the Serpent and the seed of the Church, then she is no better than the disciples at Gethsemane when the mob came for Jesus. This here, we could say, looks like a good hill to die on today.

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3 comments

  1. mikewittmer · · Reply

    I agree in principle, Jonah, though there is a discussion to be had about strategy. Are her actions helping or hindering the Great Commission? I suspect it makes more people think that Christians are anti-social bigots who demand to have their own way. A quiet resignation would have been a stand on principle without the ruckus. You know her actions are not good for the church, simply by the fact that the media is covering the daylights out of it.

    1. People think all sorts of crazy things, but I would contend that our faithfulness should not be determined based upon what people think. Some Pharisees thought Jesus was the Prince of Demons because He was casting out demons, but that did not stop Him from casting out demons. I don’t want to assume here, but do you think causing a ruckus is a bad thing? I think of Jesus causing quite a ruckus the whole time after He was baptized, and it is said of the Apostles that they turned the whole world upside down (Acts 17:6). Christian resistance was not meant to be done in a corner. Let the world see a person of conviction suffering for Christ.

      This sort of quiet resignation would not seem to go over well with the blood of the martyrs. What were they persecuted for if they should have just slinked away?

  2. Brian Schultz · · Reply

    Amen and Amen! This hill represents much more than just the idea of same sex mirage, it is representing the would be strength and right to rule of their idol.

    We should not be ashamed to tell others, “No, Jesus Christ is King and no one else.”

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