Despite what one thinks of Davis, her appearance, her manner, or her position, this case has the ability to produce ripple effects in the way people’s religious faith is or is not tolerated in America’s public and government arenas.
One of the points that is not being brought up in the Davis story – in many communities, the NAME of the court clerk (whether or not he or she has personally participated in the processing of documents) appears on the paperwork the office processes.
For instance, in some communities when you get your auto registration tags, they come from the clerk’s office with the clerk’s name on the return address and on the document stapled to your tags. In the case of Davis, if her office were to provide marriage licenses to same gender pairs, even if she is not personally processing the paperwork, it may be that her own name will be affixed to the documents.
This may be more than she is willing to bear – having her own identity linked to something she vehemently disagrees with.
This is may be more than just “do your job” – this may be “willingly have your name visibly linked to what your faith finds abhorrent.”
Some are having sport with her personal history of failed marriages and others even go so far as to poke fun at her appearance. I am not sure when she came to faith, before or after her marriage problems, and in the end even that does not matter. She has the courage of her conviction and is demonstrating that she is willing to pay a penalty for it – something sorely lacking in American culture today.
Some say she is trying to become a celebrity and will make a run on the FOX circuit. If that’s the case, then God will see that and she will receive her rewards accordingly. Others say her actions are rooted not in faith’s convictions or religious liberty, but instead come from a place of hatred. Again, if that’s the case, God will see that and she will receive her rewards accordingly.
I have read some say that “she should have seen this coming.” I disagree with that a bit, as only five of the Supreme Court judges sided with the same gender marriage idea. This decision was not the result of the thoughts of some overwhelming majority of judges, or of Americans, regardless of how some wish to portray it. The nation was – and still is – decidedly divided on the idea and we should not be at all surprised that some people are finding it hard to accept the Supreme Court’s decision.
As we watch this case unfold, we need remember that we do not know the woman’s head or heart – we’re basing our conclusions from reports of the ever-not-so-reliable media. Despite what one thinks of Davis, her appearance, her manner, or her position, this case has the ability to produce ripple effects in the way people’s religious faith is or is not tolerated in America’s public and government arenas. It should be watched closely with intelligence, wisdom, and above all, prayer.
I wish I wrote this, but it comes from a wise friend who is a business leader and pastor. Shared with his permission.