Son, I am sure you have heard by now about the county clerk who was arrested for not complying with the law to issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples. Here is what Martin Luther King had to say about it:
“Some of our critics complain that our non-violent method fosters disrespect for the law and encourages ‘lawlessness.’ Nothing could be further from the truth. Civil disobedience concludes that the non-violent resistor in the face of unjust and/or immoral law cannot in all good conscience obey that law. His decision to break that law and willingly pay the penalty evidences the highest respect for the law. … Thus it is, when the non-violent resistor refuses to cooperate with a law that is out of harmony with the laws of God and the laws of morality, he must break the law—but in so doing, he practices civil disobedience and accepts the penalty, thereby practicing moral obedience and transforms the jail into a haven of liberty and freedom.”
My boy, do you think it is a coincidence that not long ago others in government positions broke the law and were not arrested? Just one example is those who issued marriage licenses before the law was changed. They cited their conscience and belief in what is wright and wrong as to why they disobeyed the law. These are the same reasons the county clerk cited. Why do you think things were so different for her?
Zach, whether someone believes gay marriage is right or wrong; without “civil” disobedience our country wouldn’t be here. Respect everyone’s opinions and beliefs, even if you disagree. Never demoralize or belittle someone just because they think differently from you.
Stand up for what you feel is right, but do it in a peaceful, civil way.
“Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong. And do everything with love.” 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 NLT