If We Honor Esther and Daniel for Breaking Men’s Laws, Shouldn’t We Honor Kim Davis for Keeping the Law?
Bunning transgressed Article VI of the Founders’ Constitution along the way. Article VI flatly prohibits the federal government from using a “religious test” as a condition for holding office. (The Founders permitted the states to use any kind of religious test they wanted, a topic for another day).
Judge Bunning, as a representative of the federal government, imposed a blatantly religious test on Kim Davis. He said, in essence, if you hold to a religious doctrine that homosexual “marriage” is contrary to God’s design, you cannot hold public office anytime, anywhere, in the United States of America. That is as flagrant a violation of the Constitution as is possible to imagine.
The upshot of all this is that if anyone is going to get punished in this whole affair, it should be the federal judge. According to the Founders’ Constitution, he is only allowed to hold office “during good behavior.” Well, shredding the very Constitution he took an oath to uphold is not only bad behavior, it is very bad behavior. There is every ground for
Queen Esther approached the king on behalf of the Jewish people without an invitation despite the fact that, in her own words, “[I]f any man or woman goes to the king inside the inner court without being called, there is but one law–to be put to death” (Esther 4:11).
She broke the law by approaching the king without an invitation, and yet she is lionized by Christians everywhere for following a higher standard than the law of man. The Jews today still observe an annual feast in her honor.
And Daniel was incarcerated with man-eating lions for breaking an explicit and widely publicized law. An empire-wide edict was issued that no one was to pray to anyone but the king for 30 days. It was issued “according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be revoked” (Daniel 6:8). Even the king was bound by this law and threw Daniel to the lions though it tore him up to do so.
God came to Esther’s side and to Daniel’s. Both are regarded by Christ-followers everywhere in the world as champions of the faith, because they broke the law of man in order to obey the higher law of God.
Bottom line: If we honor Esther and Daniel for breaking the law, we should, without question, honor Kim Davis for keeping it.
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