"It wasn't just a spur of the moment decision....It was thought out I sought God on it"-Kim Davis,Rowan County,Kentucky Clerk of Court
Kim Davis is somebody whose name is known throughout the world right now.She is the Kentucky clerk of courts that decided out of her own convictions after the supreme court ruling on marriage equality to not issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in her county.Well I used to have something very much in common with Kim Davis that I cannot deny as a part of my life.That I must accept.I grew up in the same church Kim is a part up until the time I was eighteen I was an active member.
The Church Kim is a part of is a part of the Oneness Pentecostal movement.This not so well-known movement of Pentecostalism which I find very weird that nobody is talking about it all in this discussion over her.She is called anti-gay but nobody has explored what she actually believes only criticized for her acting on behalf of her belief.I think before judgment I think people should know what goes on in her faith.I see Kim Davis as a victim of a doctrine that limits her views of humanity.I say this speaking with the authority of knowing firsthand what individual members of this faith.
Here is what Kim Davis experiences from the pulpit of her church:
- The Pastor is the only avenue to God and the best discerning in all spheres of life
Oneness Pastors govern all parts of congregants from dress to way they wear their hair.Any advice given from the Pastor is to be seen as prophecy.To go against the Pastor is to go against the whole church.Some churches still ban watching the television.
- Public Shaming happens from the pulpit
You would you were back in the 1500s being at one of these churches.The Pastor will call people to the pulpit chastising them for a sin committed than asking the congregation to pray for them.This happened to me and my mom.
- Gender distinctions are enforced in horrible ways
Men and woman are to be kept in "traditional" gender roles.Men are expected to govern their households women are to listen to their husbands.Spousal abuse is promoted by some Pastors.Women are treated at times like property by their husbands.Men are expected to wear pants have their hair cut short,women are expected to grow their out,wear dresses only within the last few years some churches allowed skirts.Women are shamed for cutting their hair.
- Witch Hunts happen
If someone doesn't like someone they will speak bad about them.The minute someone crosses the threshold of the church the gossip begins where the gospel ended.Those with the most wealth in the church have the most weight in criticizing others in the church their word is considered truth and get away with anything in the church.
- Chosen people and Perfect
Each church believes it is "The only true Church" and the churches will compete for members.Each member will judge another pretty openly at times.Everyone is expected to be perfect in action and thought to the needs of the church.Members are exclusive.
In my last reflection I spoke of the good I found during my time among Mormons.I find it very hard to find good in the church I grew up in.It is oppressive despite all the jumping and holy rolling.It has deep underlying issues that are covered up in charisma coupled with experiences of temporary euphoria that ends up solving no problems.The church gave me some personal charisma I think,was the place I experienced religion but it was only the first step on my journey of faith.I was a victim to this for eighteen years of my life.I believe Kim Davis is a victim to it.Kim if you are out there I implore you to see the bigger picture going around you.You are being hurt.Your human dignity is not being respected.Come my sister take my hand and let's love our fellow human beings together.I pray for you.
Some Questions to Ponder
What do you think of Kim's stand of faith?
Do you see Kim as a victim of an oppressive faith as I do?
How can we better love Kim despite her views on her fellow beings that are guided under oppression?
The only time when freedom gets to be expressed is through worship.The music is awesome but the happiness and joy is only temporally expressed.Here is some music from my childhood church.