The Kim Davis Controversy Shows How Poorly Americans Grasp Christianity

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” – 1 John 1:9

The Kim Davis media spiral has gotten quickly out of hand. Davis, who has refused to issue marriage licenses to all couples ever since the SCOTUS decision granting marriage rights to same-sex couples, has continued to stand firm in her beliefs. This has caused the blood of many liberal elites and uneducated bystanders to boil.

Let’s set aside any arguments of resignation, impeachment, et al., and focus on one issue. Throughout the course of Davis’ life, she’s been divorced three times, and has admitted to having two children out of wedlock. Court records prove some of this. That doesn’t sound like someone who should be sounding off on the moral authority of God over marriage.

This news has prompted Facebook and Twitter to light up with memes mocking Davis, such as this one:

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And this one:

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There are many others I’ve seen, ridiculing Kim Davis for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples when she herself has had such a bloody history. The glee with which I see friends on Facebook posting these memes is deeply troubling for two reasons. First, it shows a desire to attack character over a willingness to address issues. Second, and more importantly, it shows aggressive ignorance on the part of those posting the memes, as all of Davis’ indiscretions occurred prior to her becoming a Christian.

According to Kim Davis, it wasn’t until approximately four years ago that she found Christ. That changes everything.

The faith upon which Davis has based her decision to refuse issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples is also the faith that led to her forgiveness. They are one and the same. Kim Davis made some incredible mistakes in her past—and even as a Christian, I’m certain she continues to make mistakes today—but those mistakes are forgiven when she sincerely asks the God she found only four years ago for a clean slate. That’s how Christianity works. We try to be the best we can be, but as we stumble and fall, face-flat in the dirt, we reach up for the hand of Christ, whom we know will be there to pick us up, even if we cannot see him.

That’s the fundamental misunderstanding of Christianity these meme makers and sharers don’t comprehend. They see Christianity as one of two things: as some scheme of balances in which one sins all they want, then says a few words on Sunday morning, and all is forgiven for the next week of debauchery, or as a group of individuals who profess to be perfect. Those who believe the latter are always watching for signs of sin, and if you make just one slip-up, you’re not a real Christian. Neither twisted version is true. No good Christian claims to be perfect, they claim to be saved.

Kim Davis, though previously a wanton sinner in her marriages, allegedly found Christ several years ago, and has since become a dedicated Christian. This very same faith in Christ is directly linked to her unwillingness to do what she sees as an act that violates her Christian conscience.

So the memes detailing Davis’ sordid past, and then reprimanding her for her stance on gay marriage, are completely irrelevant. She wouldn’t hold the position she does regarding gay marriage if it weren’t for her newly found faith. The two are inextricably linked, and as such, one cannot use her past scars to show that she is some kind of hypocrite.

But it’s difficult to get that message across to those who truly don’t understand Christianity. Many simply want to find a reason to invalidate Davis, to make her look like some lying creep who, because of her multiple marriages, has no right to take a moral position on gay marriage.

No one can know the heart of another, however, if Davis did truly give her life to Christ a few short years ago, and is a committed follower of the teachings of the New Testament, then these smug accusations are nothing but air.

But I’m certain they won’t stop because aggressive ignorance is a disease that is not easily cured.