[Note: this doesn’t mean that tigers don’t exist. I mention this for a friend who once told me that she didn’t believe in the historic existence of dinosaurs because dinosaurs are not mentioned in the Bible.]
I would like to confess before you and God that when I watched this video yesterday, I felt alarmingly angry. I was angry that political candidates seemed to be using Kim Davis. I was angry that crosses were being held up in the crowd. I was angry that a song by Survivor was being played – more like a battle cry than a hymn. I was angry that many people in the world will watch that video and believe that all Christians are like the Christians in this story.
It’s a spiritual discipline – and one that I need – to reflect on how we have damaged the message of Jesus rather than throw stones at those whom we believe have damaged that message. And so I confess that I wanted to rip her hair out. But it wouldn’t have helped at all.
So here is my hope for Kim Davis if I’m offering my best self:
- That she will study the Gospels and note what Jesus said about homosexuality.
- That she will study the Holiness Code in Leviticus and Paul’s letter to the Romans with someone who knows Koine Greek and ancient Hebrew.
- That she will study the Gospels and note what Jesus said about divorce, and in light of her own life experience, grant grace to others.
- That she will have the opportunity to befriend and be friended by LGBTQ people in her county.
- That we who disagree with her theology would have compassion for her.
- That she would not be re-elected if she cannot fulfill her constitutional duties.
When I looked up “tiger” on my online concordance, I was told that the word shows up zero times in the Bible, but then, this verse popped up:
From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this ought not to be so. James 3:10
Image is of the Eye of God Nebula, photographed by the Hubble Space Telescope. I don’t believe God’s eye looks like this, but I do believe that God made the nebula, the geniuses who created the telescope, and Kim Davis.