The Blount County Commission in Tennessee is set to review a resolution on Tuesday night that asks God to spare the county from what some believe is America's pending judgment for the Supreme Court's decision to legalize gay marriage this summer. Some Christian residents have pushed back against the suggestion, however.
"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," the resolution reads in part, according to Fox 35.
"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."
CNN added that Commissioner Karen Miller of Blount, a county of 122,00 people, has sponsored Resolution No. 15-10-006.
The resolution also accuses the federal judiciary of being "lawless," and insists that the federal judges used "power not delegated to them" to step on states' rights and legalize gay marriage across the country.
Not all Blount residents agree with Miller's reasoning, however. Ginny West Case, a retired Christian educator in the United Methodist Church, shared with local paper The Daily Times that God would not do such a thing.
"That is not a primary characteristic of the God I know and love," Case 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."
She argued that "the wrath of God is more inclined to fall on those people who are so condemning and judgmental," but said that she believes "more greatly in the grace of God, and I believe the grace of God makes room for all people at the table."
Other Tennessee lawmakers have also tried to stand up to the Supreme Court's ruling in the wake of the legalization of gay marriage.
In July, Tennessee Representative Rick Womick of the 34th Legislative District sent a letter to county clerks telling them to ignore the Court's ruling.
"It has come to my attention that most, if not all of you, have been contacted by AG Herbert Slatery and the Haslam Administration, and have been told to uphold the SCOTUS opinion or face a discrimination lawsuit," Womick wrote, claiming that the clerks do not have an obligation to uphold the Supreme justices' decision.
"Such intimidation from this administration is unconstitutional and should not be tolerated. Each of you are publicly elected servants of your county, held accountable only to the people that elect you."