If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. –John 8:36
In America, people often think that being able to do whatever you want, even sinful and criminal behavior, is the definition of freedom and liberty. Such is not the case. In fact, the people who are most in bondage are those engaged in those kinds of activities. However, with the illegal incarceration of Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis this week, we now hear from one of her attorneys that she is freer than most Americans.
Liberty Counsel’s chief litigation counsel Harry Mihet met with Kim on Sunday and said that she was moved by the support for her outside the jail. Those who came from all over to support the clerk that defied a lawless, sodomite-supporting, Nazi-like, Bush-appointed judge were a great encouragement to her. Though many of them did not enter the jail, there is something very reminiscent of Christ’s words, “I was in prison, and ye came unto me (Matt. 25:36).”
“I had an amazing visit with Kim. She exudes gentleness and is at peace. Her spirits remain high,” Mihet said.. “She was brought to tears when she heard that so many people outside the jail and around the country are praying for her.”
And all of those “loving” people who want often toss out the “Judge not lest ye be judged” or the ever popular “He who is without sin, let him cast the first stone” completely out of context, have done exactly that with Kim Davis. They have judged her motives and heart, which one clearly should not do (1 Sam. 16:7), while actions clearly can be judged righteously (John 7:24).
Many have called her a hypocrite for having multiple marriages and now standing for biblical marriage and against sodomy. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Yes, Mrs. Davis engaged in a sinful lifestyle up until four years ago. At that time, because of a request from her mother-in-law to attend church, she heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ that saves sinners, believed it and began to repent of her sin. That isn’t hypocrisy friends; it’s love. It’s love for the God who saved her from her sin. Let me give a biblical example.
In Luke’s Gospel, he recounts the story in Chapter 7 of a woman who is called a “sinner.”
And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster box of ointment, And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment. Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner. And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on.
There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most? Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged.
And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head. Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet. My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment.
Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little. And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven. And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth sins also? And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.
Kim is doing what she is doing because she loves God and, contrary to popular opinion against her, because she loves people. Did anyone see her respond in a hateful manner when lawless sodomites, who should have been punished long ago under Kentucky law, entered her office and paraded their nearly two decades of criminal activity in the clerk’s office in front of media cameras? Nope. Not one time did she raised her voice or become violent.
“I am forgiven and I love my Lord and must be obedient to Him and the Word of God,” she has said.
Many have claimed she is seeking attention, wanting to be a hero or martyr for the cause. However, according to Mat Saver, founder of Liberty Counsel, that is far from the truth.
“Kim bristles at the thought,” Staver said. “She loves God, loves people, and loves her job. She remains faithful to all three, and that is why she is here in jail. She may be a prisoner because of her faith, but Kim is freer than most Americans.”
Get that? Why is she free? Because the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ has set her free. That’s why she can face what she is facing steadfast and sure that God will show Himself strong on her behalf.
Those who believe they can thwart God’s Law and remain free are to blind to see that they are in bondage already. There is no liberty apart from the law, there is only lawlessness and slavery (John 8:34).
Kim also wanted to share the Scriptures from someone else who was in prison. The apostle Paul, writing from prison to his beloved son in the faith Timothy penned:
“God did not give us the spirit of fear, but of power and love and self-control. Therefore, do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in the suffering for the gospel and the power of God.”
If you are a genuine believer, God did the same for you. Not only must you stand with Kim Davis, but you will stand with Kim Davis, by the grace of God.