NASHVILLE, TN — Kim Davis received the NRB President’s Award Wednesday, February 24, for her willingness to go to jail rather than yield her Christian convictions.
Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, President & CEO of NRB, presented the award to Davis, the county clerk of Rowan County, Kentucky, during the evening worship service at Proclaim 16, the NRB International Christian Media Convention.
Davis spent five days in jail in September on a federal judge’s order after she refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in Rowan County, where she is the clerk. In December, newly elected Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin ordered the removal of county clerks’ names from marriage licenses in response to Davis’ refusal to issue them in her name.
In presenting the award, Johnson told Davis, “Thank you for just simple faith, strong faith, convictional faith. It was a testimony to the truth of the Word of God, an example for all of us. We’re all going to be facing something like you faced. I believe that. Thank you for honoring God.”
After receiving a standing ovation, Davis thanked those in attendance for their prayers.
“I know it’s the prayers of all of God’s people that strengthened me, and I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart,” she said. “I just feel very undeserving of this. I stand as one, but we are many, and we can make a difference.”
Liberty Counsel Chairman Mathew Staver, who accompanied Davis at the presentation, told the evangelical broadcasters, “I’m thankful to Jesus Christ for transforming lives. What you see in front of you is a woman whose life was transformed by Jesus Christ. And she is an encouragement to me and always an encouragement to everyone about how God can transform a life, use it incredibly beyond what you can imagine.”
Liberty Counsel represented Davis in her legal battle.
Last year, Dr. Johnson presented the award to Meriam Ibrahim, who was sentenced to death and imprisoned in Sudan for refusing to renounce her Christian faith. Eventually her sentence was overturned, and she was released.
“Little did I know . . . at that time that I would be presenting the award this year to someone who had been imprisoned” for her Christian convictions in the United States, said Dr. Johnson, who selects the recipient each year.
By Tom Strode
Published: March 1, 2016