Kim Davis and Pork Rinds

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Kim Davis looked at a young man and said, “You are passionate about what you believe and so am I.” This is what we have right now. We have people saying, “Don’t you see that the painting is a Monet” and others saying, “It’s clearly a Rembrandt.” If you know anything about art you know that these two artists were extravagantly different. Many are screaming out with what they believe is right and wrong. If The Father told Kim not to sign a paper, then she should obey Him, but there is more to the story.

I personally have always tried to get people to think outside of the box. Many times I root for the sinner or the hurting crippled sheep who have wandered off. Why? I can relate to them.  My Savior Yeshua-Jesus said, “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good–except God alone.” Luke 18:19.  It seems I tried to become as holy (Good) as the Christian churches I was raised in, but I never could attain to the holiness many seem to have.

When they pointed fingers at me and told me I shouldn’t drink a glass of wine, I went through the whole entire concordance and found every verse there was on why I should like this one found in Proverbs 31:6.

“Let beer be for those who are perishing, wine for those who are in anguish!”

Yes, I had a rebellious attitude; but it gave me BALANCE after the fact. When they pointed at me and said smoking is a sin and you will go to hell for it, again, I went through my concordance and found every verse on gluttony and obesity to point back at them. Why? Again, they made me feel dirty. They made me feel unloved, judged and very unholy. I started thinking about all the things I would have to change in order to sit on one of their pews. I did eventually sit with them and even was allowed to teach at a few places. So, as I was pondering all the comments directed at people like me, who cherish Yah’s Word but still don’t agree with what is going on in the media, I wanted to expand again on that.

When we don’t understand His word we can err in truth.

“…for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:16. This sentence could be directed at many sins but it was taken from the Torah concerning pork and shellfish and other animals created as garbage collectors and vacuum cleaners. All the “New Testament” verses come from the “Old Testament.”  Let’s look at that.

“Every swarming thing that swarms on the ground is detestable; it shall not be eaten. Whatever goes on its belly, and whatever goes on all fours, or whatever has many feet, any swarming thing that swarms on the ground, you shall not eat, for they are detestable. You shall not make yourselves detestable with any swarming thing that swarms, and you shall not defile yourselves with them, and become unclean through them. For I am the LORD your God. Consecrate yourselves, therefore, AND BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY.” Leviticus 11:41-44 NASB.

Yes, Leviticus eleven, the whole chapter is about pigs, bats, camels, catfish and so forth. People say that Paul wrote that one man eats with weak faith and that Yahweh changed his mind about what animals we can eat now. Paul was speaking about vegetarians. They use Peter’s dream of a sheet and other passages out of context. Peter even told the Lord Adonai after his dream that he had never eaten anything detestable and this book was written some 30 years after Yeshua was raised from the dead. The animals in the dream were to let him know that the Gentiles could come into the kingdom and the covenant.

The animals in Leviticus have not changed. They are still designed by the creator to clean up the ocean and the land from polluted dead things. Sadly, after much careful study, I found pastors had not known the truth on the matter.

The bible says it’s an abomination to eat such things and in Isaiah 66:17, it uses the same word used for homosexuality “detestable.”  Much is being said right now about what people find to be abominations. You might not think eating pork is wrong and for you it’s okay, but for me, it is no longer okay. I used to eat pork and point out other sins people had and was not aware of my own. What is a sin according to Yahweh’s Word? Take a glass bowl blown in a glass company by a creator who created the bowl to hold a salad or fruit, now take the bowl and throw it on the floor and shatter it. It no longer works in the fashion it was designed to work in. It is out of order. Many things we do go against the order designed by the creator.

If I strongly believe that pork is going against the order of food created for me to eat, then that is a sin for me. Whether it’s a spiritual belief or not, there are many reasons not to eat it outside of one’s religion.

Doctor Mercola had this to say about pork, “According to a surprising new investigation by Consumer Reports1, 69 percent of all raw pork samples tested — nearly 200 samples in total — were contaminated with the dangerous bacteria Yersinia enterocolitis, which causes fever and gastrointestinal illness with diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach cramps.”

Nearly all pigs raised in the U.S. come from Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, or CAFO’s. These inhumane environments are typically toxic breeding grounds for pathogens.

These animals spend their short, miserable lives on concrete and steel grates. Antibiotics are given liberally with their feed, making their massive waste even more toxic.”

Does that mean if I get a job at Kroger and they decide to sell pork in their meat department I can refuse to allow all pork eaters to eat it? Can I close my register and forbid to ring up every person in line because they sell pork now? Should I not package it in the meat department and put a seal of approval on the package even if I am not eating it? You may be thinking, “But Bonnie we are talking about homosexuality and it’s an abomination!” We just read about pork being an abomination.

Or take drunkenness: should I work at a restaurant that sells alcohol if it goes against my belief system? I live in a dry county. Let’s say they hire me at a local restaurant and that restaurant gets a liquor license after the fact. Should I be entitled to forbid serving a table wine if the establishment I work at decides to sell it? Does that establishment have a right to sell wine due to a law passed and a license permitting them too? Can I stop them from drinking wine by refusing to wait on any table whether they drink or not? Should I take a stand and make Kroger stop selling pork if they started selling it after I was hired? Ponder, meditate and ask questions about why you believe what you believe.

Yeshua told us what would happen in His word and also what the KNOWLEDGE of Truth is. He warned us of days to come and His Word will come forth. He said we would be put in prison and beheaded for the sake of our testimony. He gave details about what the world would look like in THE LAST DAYS.

“But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come.  For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy,  unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good,  treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,  holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these.  For among them are those who enter into households and captivate weak women weighed down with sins, led on by various impulses, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”

2nd Timothy 3:1-7 NASB.

I hope this information made you think and ponder. I pray you will read and study deeper than ever before. Whether you believe my way or another way, remember love is the greatest gift. I hope you will pray for Kim and also for everyone who is hurting. Yeshua said it was the sick who needed doctors when the church folks pointed out that he ate with sinners. Will you be a doctor? I’ve been to many different Physicians. Some helped me and some made me feel worse. Others made me swear that I would never go back to another doctor as long as I live. Why? Was it because they were ignorant and unlearned in medicine? No, it was their lack of compassion. Something I think we all could stand more of.

Blessings!

Sources: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/12/12/eating-pork.aspx

Photo by Jamie Chung

8 thoughts on “Kim Davis and Pork Rinds

  1. I enjoyed reading your exegesis, but to me the legal situation was not even close to a hard call. If a boss or business asks you to do something you have a moral objection to, the ethical behavior is to resign. Instead, Mrs. Davis chose to deprive two different groups of their rights, those legally qualified to receive the licenses, and 5 (out of 6) subordinate clerks who wished to comply but were prevented from acting by her direct orders.

    Her son, the sole clerk who agreed with her stance, assured the judge he would not interfere with the actions of the other clerks, so he was not placed in jail.

    • Invisible Mikey, I agree with you and had written a blog concerning that issue the other day titled “Kim Davis and Lawlessness.” There are so many layers going on here and so many people who passionately believe their stance is right. That is why I added this type of analogy, “If I get a job at Kroger and they decide to sell pork in their meat department I can refuse to allow all pork eaters to eat it? Can I close my register and forbid to ring up every person in line because they sell pork now? Should I not package it in the meat department and put a seal of approval on the package even if I am not eating it? You may be thinking, “But Bonnie we are talking about homosexuality and it’s an abomination!” We just read about pork being an abomination.”Or take drunkenness: should I work at a restaurant that sells alcohol if it goes against my belief system? I live in a dry county. Let’s say they hire me at a local restaurant and that restaurant gets a liquor license after the fact. Should I be entitled to forbid serving a table wine if the establishment I work at decides to sell it? Does that establishment have a right to sell wine due to a law passed and a license permitting them too? Can I stop them from drinking wine by refusing to wait on any table whether they drink or not? Should I take a stand and make Kroger stop selling pork if they started selling it after I was hired? Ponder, meditate and ask questions about why you believe what you believe.”
      Thanks for sharing!

      • It’s really quite ordinary for working people to face this kind of choice, to submit or to quit, when a boss or a business asks you to do something you object to isn’t it? I know I have quit positions when asked to lie for a higher-up. Perhaps Mrs. Davis hasn’t ever had to face this kind of fork in a career path.

  2. Yes indeed! I’ve had to leave positions before. But I’m thinking Kim thinks she’s being heroic and holy by the route she has chosen.

    She sure has gotten attention from it and that may be another issue.

  3. Good read Bonnie. Well, I’ve read both your blogs concerning Kim Davis and up until now it was hard for me to comment because, quite honestly, I didn’t know where I stood on the issue.

    On one hand, as most Christians have been, I’ve been deeply troubled by how America no longer looks like the nation that was built upon the foundation of Jesus Christ. Having been a sinner myself, I know that sin is progressive. Sin is not satisfied in a victory here and there, no it wants to conquer deep into the crevices of anything it invades. It doesn’t say, “well I have this part of this person’s life but righteousness resides in that part over there, so I think I’ll just stay here.” Nor does it say, “I’ll stop with this behavior in America because I have all these other victories: abortion, no prayer in schools, nothing religious in any government building – no pictures with scripture, no 10 commandments, etc. I also have changed of the name of Christian sounding celebrations, so on and so forth. No, sin does not and will not stop feeding because it cannot be satisfied.

    So when I heard of this little lady “standing” for her beliefs, in my heart I empathized with her. I don’t hold her in high esteem for her doing so nor do I see her as any type of hero. But I get her.

    Something I’ve realized being in law enforcement is this (and Jeff will say the same thing): EVERYONE has a story and has something they’re battling. Knowing this, I don’t pretend to know (no assumptions made) what state of mind someone is in based upon a few facts known about them at the time. Maybe she had the total picture of this nation’s progressive decline and perversive separation of church and state. Maybe this, maybe that, who knows but her and the Lord but I do know this: rational people do not want to go to jail. I believe something in her had enough. I get it.

    But, and here’s my but – I knew deep down in my heart that she was wrong. So I searched scripture to try and corroborate her insubordination but could find none. Still troubled in my heart of where to stand on the issue, the Lord finally quickened my spirit and asked me this: What are Christians around the world being martyred for?

    Then and there I realized that God’s people accomplish more for His glory when they are for something than when they’re against it. Martyrs die for their faith not their stance.

  4. Allen, you have given me much to ponder and added much wisdom to this whole topic. I am going to reread what you wrote because it was so well written and spoke to my heart in such a way that I wish it was a blog all on its own. Thank you for sharing this!

    And this is a powerful message you wrote, “EVERYONE has a story and has something they’re battling. Knowing this, I don’t pretend to know (no assumptions made) what state of mind someone is in based upon a few facts known about them at the time. Maybe she had the total picture of this nation’s progressive decline and perversive separation of church and state. Maybe this, maybe that, who knows but her and the Lord but I do know this: rational people do not want to go to jail. I believe something in her had enough. I get it.

    But, and here’s my but – I knew deep down in my heart that she was wrong. So I searched scripture to try and corroborate her insubordination but could find none. Still troubled in my heart of where to stand on the issue, the Lord finally quickened my spirit and asked me this: What are Christians around the world being martyred for?

    Then and there I realized that God’s people accomplish more for His glory when they are for something than when they’re against it. Martyrs die for their faith not their stance.”

    We must always remember we do not have all the details and The Master of the Wind speaks to His sheep and He leads them and they hear Him and they will not listen to another…

    • I thank you Bonnie for making me uncomfortable. To my knowledge, I read all of your blogs but sometimes don’t have an opportunity to respond. So many times you’ve written things and I think to myself, “that can only come from the heart of God.” At times they are hard sayings and make me uncomfortable but that is a good thing.

      Had you not written these blogs, I would have never challenged the issue in my heart and would have missed out on what the Lord wanted to settle in my heart. Be encouraged that even one reader of your blogs can have a ripple effect in this world multiplying the heart of God, even practically. Much love to you and Jeff. Blessings.

  5. Allen, I write words at times that seem too blunt and out of the box to post. Sometimes after I write it I wish I hadnt for fear of the backlash that can come, but I know in my spirit that I must get it out. Kim Davis is a woman with strong convictions and I hope that God uses her voice for HIS GLORY. I also hope that my post can allow mainstream Christians to look in the mirror. My own backyard has weeds and rocks that need removed.
    My husband is such a blessing to me. I have shared your comments with him. We love you brother and welcome all your wisdom and insight into any topics and we thank you for your love and support. We would love to send you are newsletters and let you know when are upcoming events are. If we dont have you on our list please send us your address or you can go to Tekoamanning.com to see our schedule.
    Blessings!

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