Kim Davis is no “model Christian.”
On that, I agree with Tara Tuttle, who organized a protest against Davis’ planned speech at a local National Day of Prayer rally, which was canceled after the National Guard refused to allow it to occur at the armory.
I think Davis would also agree she’s no model Christian.
In fact, no true Christian would pose as a model of piety because faith in Christ means admitting each of us is a train wreck, and only through his grace can anyone be saved.
John’s First Epistle says that if we say we are not sinners, we are liars. However, if we confess, Jesus “will forgive us our sins, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Christianity, properly understood, is humbling. The ultimate sin is pride.
Out of gratitude for Jesus ransoming us, we should try to live without sinning, knowing that we are weak and will fall short.
That’s a long way of prefacing what I want to say regarding the controversy over Davis’ refusal to sign marriage licenses for same-sex couples following the Supreme Court’s 2015 ruling legalizing gay marriage.
Those who vilify Davis for her opposition to same-sex marriage based on Scripture often bring up the fact that she has been married four times.
Like the Samaritan woman Jesus met at the well, who had gone through five husbands and was living with a man who was not her husband, Davis admits her infidelity but says she is forgiven.
“Why in the world would the Lord use me, with my past, with marriage so terribly failed?” she wondered last summer in an interview with the Daily Independent of Ashland in which she reflected on her experiences of the past year. “It confounded those who called me a bigot, a hypocrite. But it shows the power [Jesus] has to transform someone who has made a house in a pit of sins. For him to pull me out of there with that loving hand of mercy — that’s what I wanted people to see.”
I don’t know Kim Davis, so I don’t know her heart. I interviewed her once by phone a few days ago after Pastor Tim Acree of Apostolic Sanctuary in Bardstown announced that she had been invited to the National Day of Prayer meeting Thursday. She seemed sincere though, and as a seasoned reporter, I have a well-honed ability to detect insincerity.