religious conscience and authority of God in itself are never enough and
have been used to devastating effect in America and around the world.
There has to be another test and Martin Luther King
offered the most concise example of that. His entire life's work was to
make the world more equal, more just, and to extend Jesus' vision of
the Kingdom of God to all people. He was guided by a deeply spiritual
conviction of love that transformed many hearts and he is the highest
example of a Christian that America has produced. Kim
Davis is going to jail for precisely the opposite reason. Instead of
striving for a more inclusive world, she is going to jail in her desire
to exclude. Instead of seeking justice for all, she was the obstacle to
justice for gay couples. Instead of showing God's love for all, she is
stingy in her understanding of love. Her actions, although she claims
they are guided by God and love, have bruised and hurt the very people
she was elected to serve. Here's a simple guide: If your love feels like
hate then it is not love. If you are using God to denigrate and
humiliate then it is not God.
With a background in music journalism and business speak, Amy currently focuses her creative energy writing free verse poetry and haiku. The southern-born, northern-bred Michigander-turned-Tennessean-turned-Michigander likes circular things -- CDs, vinyl records, typewriter keys, conversations and tostadas.
CURRENTLY READING: All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation, by Rebecca Traister; Good Booty: Love and Sex, Black & White, Body and Soul in American Music, by Ann Powers; Milk and Honey, by Rupi Kaur