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Like Kim Davis, Every Person of Faith Will Be Tested

Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson
By Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson | September 16, 2015 | 10:53 AM EDT

The Carter County Detention Center's mug shot of Kim Davis was taken Thursday. The Rowan County, Ky., clerk was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses in protest of the Supreme Court decision to legalize gay marriage. (AP Photo)

Kim Davis – the Rowan County, Kentucky clerk who was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to homosexuals – is my new hero! If we had 10 more like her, we could save America today.

Her courageous stand reminds me of another Christian woman, Rosa Parks, who was arrested for refusing to disobey her conscience.

Davis, a Democrat, spent six days in jail for refusing to comply with U.S. District Judge David Bunning’s order to issue same-sex marriage licenses.

She released a statement saying, “To issue a marriage license which conflicts with God’s definition of marriage, with my name affixed to the certificate, would violate my conscience. It is not a light issue for me. It is a heaven or hell decision.”

I have no doubt that Rosa Parks – as a dedicated Christian woman – would have acted as Davis did, and would refuse to put her name on a same-sex marriage license.

In fact, the entire civil rights movement was built upon a moral base. It was led by a Christian minister, Dr. Martin Luther King, who responded in Ebony Magazine to a boy with same sex attractions who had asked his advice:

“I would suggest that you see a good psychiatrist who can assist you in bringing to the forefront of conscience all of those experiences and circumstances that led to the habit. You are already on the right road towards a solution, since you honestly recognize the problem and have a desire to solve it.”

Dr. King said this about dealing with unjust laws:

“One has not only a legal, but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws. A just law is a man-made code that squares with the moral law, or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law.”

Nine months before Rosa Parks was arrested, another black woman, Claudette Colvin, was arrested for resisting bus segregation in Montgomery, but local NAACP leaders chose not to publicize her effort since she was a teenager who had gotten pregnant out of wedlock.

In those days, morality mattered to Americans – especially black Americans. Almost no black American would even think of comparing the discrimination they faced based solely on the color of their skin to an abnormal sex lifestyle.

Yet today, blacks have fallen so far as a people that they’ve lowered themselves to accepting, and often even promoting, same-sex marriage.

Rowan County, Kentucky clerk Kim Davis after her release from prison. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

On Tuesday, Kim Davis walked out of the Carter County Detention Center and spoke to a crowd of supporters:

“I just want to give God the glory, His people have rallied and you are a strong people! We serve a living God who knows exactly where each and every one of us is at. Just keep on pressin.’ Don’t let down, because He is here.”

Davis is set to resumed work Monday, and like Dr. King and Rosa Parks before her, has said she will “follow her conscience” when she gets there. Judge Bunning warned Davis in his release order that there would be consequences if she interfered with the issuance of marriage licenses when she returned to work, setting up a possible showdown.

Nearly a decade ago, 75 percent of Kentucky voters approved a constitutional amendment to ban homosexual marriage in the state. Though a new Herald-Leader/WKYT Bluegrass poll found that a smaller majority – 55 percent of registered voters – now oppose same-sex marriage. Kentucky’s state law is still in effect. The U.S. Supreme Court recently struck down same-sex marriage bans in all 50 states, though the Constitution gives it no authority to nullify the will of the people in individual states.

Kim Davis did not violate Kentucky law. She upheld it.

America has so abandoned Judeo-Christian principles that it has lost the moral high ground to the anti-God forces of the left! The Herald-Leader/WKYT poll clearly shows the erosion taking place in our younger generation and the moral dumbing down that is occurring in our colleges and universities:

"Among voters ages 18 to 34, 47 percent favor gay marriage and 46 percent oppose. For those older than 65, opposition rose to 62 percent. Only 21 percent of poll respondents with a high-school education supported allowing same-sex marriage, compared with 46 percent of those with a four-year college degree."

It’s time for black Americans and all Americans to re-moralize, and place homosexual marriage back in the immoral category where it belongs.

Kim Davis told Fox News, “I’m just a vessel God has chosen for this time and place. I’m no different than any other Christian. It was my appointed time to stand, and their time will come.”

Amen to that. We are living in an age of great hatred toward God and His laws. Every person of faith will be tested. But if they answer the call with the faith Kim Davis has displayed, America will be like a shining city on a hill once again.

Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson is the most courageous, outspoken critic of the “civil rights” establishment in America today. Raised without his father on a plantation near Tuskegee, Alabama during the Jim Crow era, Peterson has lived a part of America’s history few have experienced. After a spiritual transformation, Peterson founded BOND, a nationally recognized nonprofit organization dedicated to “Rebuilding the Family by Rebuilding the Man.” Peterson is also the founder of The BOND Leadership Academy, a private school in Los Angeles.  He’s a radio talk show host, speaker, and the author of SCAM: How the Black Leadership Exploits Black America, and From Rage to Responsibility. Peterson writes a weekly column for WND.com and appears as a media commentator on Fox News Channel, CNN, and other national TV and radio networks. For more information, visit http://www.bondinfo.org

Editor's Note: This piece was originally published by WND.com.


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