— HuffPost Religion (@HuffPostRelig) September 8, 2015
Unfortunately for her, assuming she does want to be faithful to biblical authority, Romans 13 presents a serious and rather awkward conundrum for government employees like Kim Davis.
On the off chance you don’t have the thirteenth chapter of Paul’s letter to the Church in Rome memorized, allow me to share it with you and refresh your memory because it’s a tremendously important passage for government employees like Davis who are concerned about violating their conscience.
Let every person be subject to the governing authorities; for there is no authority except from God, and those authorities that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists authority resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Do you wish to have no fear of the authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive its approval; for it is God’s servant for your good. But if you do what is wrong, you should be afraid, for the authority does not bear the sword in vain! It is the servant of God to execute wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be subject, not only because of wrath but also because of conscience.