Many of you are aware of the recent imprisonment of Kentucky County Court Clerk, Kim Davis. Her decisions have created nationwide attention. Regardless of your particular views on same-sex-marriage (or heterosexual marriage, for that matter) I want to ask a few questions to get at the root source of your functional hope.
Here’s what I really believe about you and me and most every other person who wants to “weigh in” on this subject: you don’t really care. Bottom line. Be honest – six months from now you won’t be waiving the picket signs of anti-same-sex this or that. You won’t be readily thinking about Kim Davis and her decisions. Why? Because you really don’t care.
Be Real – You Don’t Really Care
Neither do I. We are a culture who cares more about the sound of our own voices on hot button issues than we care about walking out faith of any kind. This whole Kim Davis thing has taught me something sobering and humbling. It’s taught me that those marginalized by the greater Christian audience in this country often have more faith than mainstream Christians. Think about it, Kim Davis has more faith than most American Christians. Heck, even athiests have more faith than most American Christians!
Make no mistake, what these people are walking out is faith. No doubt, there may be misplaced faith in each person or group I just mentioned; I do not believe misplaced faith is redemptive, saving faith, but faith placed in or toward the wrong object or set of ideals is faith nonetheless.
If I claim to be a Christian, what am I walking out? Seriously. If I claim to have faith in God am I walking that faith out? Or am I only a Facebook Christian who has no faith that walks – only a faith that talks?
There’s no way around it, Facebook Christians have misplaced faith. So many of us think faith is arguing over political issues that we don’t even vote for. So many people tout same-sex marriage as a good thing, yet make fun of the homosexual with crass joking and gross misunderstanding. Some Christians tout faith in Christ as the reason to reject same-sex marriage yet turn up their nose at the homeless or the addict on the street corner, flippantly categorizing them as a lost cause or hopeless.
We truly are a faithless generation; with a faith directed in and toward the wrong ideals. Maybe a better way of saying it is that we are generation whose faith has no legs – only a HUGE MOUTH. Christians need to stop arguing and bickering over peripheral subjects on Facebook as if scripture condones those methods for bringing positive change to the world. A walking faith in the gospel is the only faith that ushers change into the world. Nothing else.
Faith in the gospel cares more about the power of love, servitude and redemption than it cares about being heard over social media platforms. Faith in the gospel does not bigot-tize people when they live in contrast to the truth of God’s word. Quite the opposite, faith in God means when we see people living in contrast with His word we are broken-hearted and embrace them through the sacrificial love of Christ, rather than reject them for their beliefs. Rejecting them for their beliefs (and distancing ourselves from others) only confirms that we have rejected what Christ Himself believed – as He is the shining example of embracing and redeeming, not rejecting people. Christ-centered faith is humble and acknowledges the intrinsic dignity of each human knowing they were made in the image of God, not the image of gay or any other category.
Take a Stand, Not a Stab
So, to my Facebook Christian friends who think they’re standing on gospel ground by yelling in all caps about how right or wrong Kim Davis is…Do you walk out your faith? Really? Blasting on Facebook is not taking a stand – it’s an easy outlet to be a jerk under the pretenses that people truly care about what you say. You’ve not taken a stand, you’ve taken a fall and your hateful, bigot-tizing mouth minus the love of Christ is the proof. Christians would do better to delete their Facebook accounts and walk out what they believe.
Whether you see eye to eye with Kim Davis or see her as bigot, I don’t care. I can’t know the mind or heart of another person and even what they reveal about themselves can’t be full trusted since scripture says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and beyond cure. Who can understand it?”
My task as a follower of Jesus is not about knowing the heart of another person – it’s really not about knowing my own heart, contrary to popular belief. My God-given goal as a follower of Christ is first, foremost and primarily to know the heart of God as He reveals Himself in scripture. Knowing His heart makes me effective in this life, not just obnoxiously noisy.
So throughout this court clerk fiasco, I want to champion the cause of Christianity in its purest form. I don’t want to take a stand against Kim Davis or against same-sex marriage; I want to take a stand on the foundation of God’s heart as revealed in scripture and let the rest of the pieces fall where they may. Does your faith walk…
Or does it only talk?