I may not necessarily be the most appropriate one to take a stand here, or have an opinion, or have anything to do this with issue that comes to me from foreign via several social media outlets.
Personally, I sort of feel that way. But at the same time, knowing that my little twin island nation is getting pressured by natives of different countries at the doors of the consulates representing us overseas, to change our laws concerning the LGBT+ community, while keeping in mind the conservative and traditional mindset of most of the people here – it’s hard not to see Mrs. Davis’ case and wonder what will happen within the next five years here, in a country where society and religion exist together, or at least alongside each other.
Religious practice in any form is like 50% of social activity here.
I remember a few weeks back, our church had a Friday night discussion about the Church and the State. Naturally, legal issues came up. Naturally most were unaware of everything going on outside our borders, or even within them. Naturally, most were scared and, sadly – terrifyingly – close to rioting.
Teaching and learning how to reach this community, when some have been raised in Christian homes, and saw a God that rejected them is gonna be hard.
But Mrs. Davis.
In cases like Mrs. Davis’ own, I think it’s easy to put ourselves in that situation. Would we count the cost of following Christ? Would we just obey the law of the land, while keeping a silent tongue in our heads? Would we resign?
Honestly, I’m not sure what I’d do. We could say one thing, mean another.
Most of the articles and blog posts I’m coming across either report it, or denounce the woman, and bringing up her past. One even stuck in the point that the privileged, if denied once, would cry persecution. As a white, straight, Christian woman, she would have gotten quite a few perks. This is that one denial.
I think that’s one thing that sticks with me, and I just can’t get past it. Sure she did those things. She hasn’t denied her past. But she has moved past it. Because with God, she was able to. Her past is a testimony of God’s power and love, and the reason she became such a faithful person. It’s not like she was the woman she is today, and still went through the divorces, despite her Christianity. It’s not like her religion was hiding her past, getting into all those things she’s reaccused of, while getting sanctimonious on Sundays. And even if she did, I’m sure that’s her anymore. She repented and saw the faults of her past and gave them to God, who blessed her with the one husband who stands with her during this hailstorm of hate.
It’s true that God loves us humans, regardless. It’s true that Jesus was friend to sinners and outcasts. But it’s also true that He changed them. They may not have been accepted by society after their change. Their pasts would have remained in the minds of the community. But God still accepted them fully, made them wholesome and renewed for their belief.
I admire Mrs. Davis though.
As a young Christian, I have a ways to go. To risk her career, her reputation, and her family for her belief is a dangerous move, by worldly standards. But God calls for our whole hearts. To deny ourselves. To put Him first. And she’s doing that. Amidst the hatred and scorn she’s receiving, she’s doing that.