A county commissioner wants to save Blount County, Tennessee, from the wrath of God.
County Commissioner Karen Miller is sponsoring a resolution asking the Almighty to “pass us by in His coming wrath and not destroy our county as he did Sodom and Gomorrah and the neighboring cities.” Her request is based on the U.S. Supreme Court decision on June 26 that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.
The resolution will be examined at Tuesday’s Agenda Committee meeting where public debate is expected to be heated, with emotions running high on both sides of the issue.
Ginny West Case, a retired Christian educator in the United Methodist Church, said the God of Miller’s resolution doesn’t sound like the God she knows.
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“That is not a primary characteristic of the God I know and love,” she said. “I’m tired of God being used as a battering ram. The Bible, over and over, tells us God is the God of love and grace and mercy.”
Opinion remains divided about whether the God of “love and grace and mercy” means humans can do anything and everything and still win Divine favor.
In the resolution, Miller makes it clear she believes the Supreme Court “usurped powers not delegated to them” in approving same-sex marriage, and “we are forced beyond our wishes to comply with what is clearly against our conscience, and violates what the Bill of Rights, both State and Federal, give us the Right to do.”
She concludes by stating, “We adopt this Resolution begging His favor in light of the fact that we have been forced to comply and recognize that the State of Tennessee, like so many other God-fearing States, MAY have fallen prey to a lawless judiciary in legalizing what God and the Bible expressly forbids.”
So far publicity on this issue has been almost uniformly negative, highlighting opinions almost exclusively from those holding progressive views.
Blount County resident Brett Rich sent an email to The Daily Times expressing his disappointment with the resolution.
“I find the wording of their resolution to be a very sad form of intolerance from our government,” he wrote. “My husband and I celebrated our 25th anniversary, on Sept. 1, by finally having the opportunity to be legally married. We work, raise our niece, pay taxes, support local charities, vote in the elections, mow our yard, purchase groceries, etc. We are the same as any other couple and are very proud that our government finally has to recognize our marriage: giving us the same rights as every other Blount County citizen.”
The resolution states:
RESOLUTION CONDEMNING JUDICIAL TYRANNY AND PETITIONING GOD’S MERCY
Whereas, the Governor, Attorney General, and ALL WE Blount County Legislators have sworn an oath consistent with the moral Law of God (“So Help Me God”) to uphold the Constitution of
Tennessee and the Constitution of the United States; and
Whereas, the fulfillment of this oath, in the American tradition, may not be read to contradict the written Constitution, Justice, Reason and higher Natural Law; and
Whereas, not all orders claiming authority under color of law are lawful; and
Whereas, unlawful orders, no matter their source – whether from a military commander, a federal judge, or the United States Supreme Court – are and remain unlawful, and should be resisted; and
Whereas, the American system of federalism envisions a political stance of resistance by
States and their office holders against lawless federal court orders; and
Whereas, modernly, federal judges have once again usurped powers not delegated to them, and have violated Reason, the Rule of Law and Natural Law by purporting to strike down State laws and acts of the People recognizing and protecting Natural Marriage; and
Whereas, the United States Supreme Court is not the sole and final arbiter of the powers of the
States under the Ninth and Tenth Amendments, when it acts in an area outside of its jurisdiction; and
Whereas, the federal Judiciary was created by the Founders to have “neither Force nor Will, but merely judgment; and must ultimately depend upon the aid of the executive arm” and the
States, for the carrying out of its judgments, and it is high time that the Court be so reminded; and
Whereas we are forced beyond our wishes to comply with what is clearly against our conscience, and violates what the Bill of Rights, both State and Federal, give us the Right to do…
With a firm reliance upon the providence of Almighty God WE the BLOUNT COUNTY
LEGISLATURE call upon all of the Officers of the State of Tennessee, the Governor, the
Attorney General, and the members of the Tennessee Legislature, to join US, and utilize all authority within their power to protect Natural Marriage, from lawless court opinions, AND THE financial schemes of the enemies of righteousness wherever the source AND defend the Moral Standards of Tennessee.
WE adopt this Resolution before God that He pass us by in His Coming Wrath and not destroy our County as He did Sodom and Gomorrah and the neighboring cities. As the Passover Lamb was a means of salvation to the ancient Children of Israel, so we stand upon the safety of the Lamb of God to save us.
WE adopt this Resolution begging His favor in light of the fact that we have been forced to comply and recognize that the State of Tennessee, like so many other God-fearing States, MAY have fallen prey to a lawless judiciary in legalizing what God and the Bible expressly forbids.
CERTIFICATION OF ACTION ATTEST
Commission Chairman County Clerk