MARYVILLE — County Commissioner Karen Miller, who represents District 4, is sponsoring a resolution asking that the Supreme Being “pass us by in His coming wrath and not destroy our county as he did Sodom and Gomorrah and the neighboring cities” because of the June 26 opinion by the U.S. Supreme Court that legalized same-sex marriage throughout the nation, The Daily Times Reports.
The Blount County Commission will get its first look at the resolution at Tuesday’s Agenda Committee meeting. Attempts to reach Miller for comment were unsuccessful.
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. “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.” Case has an idea that God’s anger might be be focused elsewhere than on same-sex marriages. “I think the wrath of God is more inclined to fall on those people who are so condemning and judgmental,” she said. “… But, I believe more greatly in the grace of God, and I believe the grace of God makes room for all people at the table.”
Miller’s resolution takes aim the Supreme Court decision that ended same-sex marriage bans in Tennessee and 13 other states. In it she writes, “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.”
(Editor’s note: Case fails to mention that God is both loving and holy. God offers grace to those who repent and turn from sin and turn to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. We are all sinners in need of His grace. But you must turn from your sin. There is a coming judgment on all saints and sinners, and only by placing your faith in Christ can you be spared. That is in the Bible. That includes people who attend church, whether they are heterosexual or homosexual. My only hope is in Christ.)