The situation in Kentucky is clear enough: A County Clerk does not believe in gay marriage because the Bible condemns homosexual relations, so she refuses to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. She is currently in jail for that refusal.
She shows, I believe, the difficulties we Evangelicals have in understanding the relationship between faith and government.
I applaud her for having strong convictions but lament her misguided decision to violate the law. Her proper option is to quit her job. What looks to conservatives like a stand on principle, looks to liberals and especially the gay community as nothing more than homophobia.
The question we need to be asking is not, “What’s right and wrong in this case?” but, “How can we convey to everyone, gay or straight, the love and grace and call of Jesus Christ?”
Those who give primary attention to the first question are like the Pharisees of Jesus’ day, the very ones with whom Jesus could not get along. That should give us pause. Jesus could not get along with the most righteous people. He came, he said, not for them but for the sinners. How can we be like him?