This is Phil Robertson. You know him from Duck Dynasty.
I don’t regularly watch the show. I have watched the show. It’s a good show and I understand why it’s popular.
I really don’t know Phil Robertson, but this is the sense I get of who he is. He shoots straight from the hip. He calls it as he sees it. You ask him a question and he will answer it.
That’s what Drew Magary did. He’s from GQ and he decided to interview Phil Robertson. He asked Phil a question about what is ailing America. This is what he said.
“Everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong,” he says. “Sin becomes fine.”
What, in your mind, is sinful?
“Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men,” he says. Then he paraphrases Corinthians: “Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers—they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.
You can read the entire article below.
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This and other things he said in the article led A&E to suspend him for these comments.
Now, the other sense I get is Phil Robertson doesn’t care. He feels that he is standing on the Word of God. Therefore, you cannot and will not change his mind.
Enter the Christian Church.
Boy, were they outraged today! Why? Because of the homeless in their city? Nope, not that!
Or,struggles some have had over finding employment and the difficulty at this time of year? Nope, not that! Children being bullied? Nope, not that either!
They were outraged because Phil was suspended for what he said.
They feel persecuted. They feel that their rights were violated. A man was banned because he READ A VERSE FROM THE BIBLE.
Here are some examples.
The Christian Post started a campaign today called #standwithphil. You can show your support by standing with Phil as he shares Biblical Values and Truth!
The comments on their Facebook were fantastic. Some were upset that homosexuality was “being forced on them.”
Another speaker named Matt Walsh wrote this in his blog.
If you don’t bring Phil back immediately, and publicly apologize to him and to his viewers for attempting to censor his Christian faith, Duck Dynasty will leave your network, find a new home, and all of those ratings will go somewhere else. Then you’ll be stuck with the stragglers who feel like spending a Saturday rubbernecking at mentally disturbed elderly women with compulsive hoarding addictions. That’s how this is going to play out. Congratulations.
Read that here
So, in other words, if you do not act like us, we won’t support you. In other words, instead of looking at a solution and an opportunity, they decide to get into a fight. They decide to act like victims.
They forget what it might be like for them to read comments where millions can read degrading who they are. They forget the real hurt and pain it causes. They forget the history of the people impacted, which by the way, were not only homosexuals mentioned.
Everyone else be damned! We are right! We have ALWAYS been right! We will ALWAYS be right!
Do you want to know what I think? I think this is an act of cowardice.
Harsh words? Yes, they are. But it’s really easy making your comments and standing for “truth” when you don’t actually have to face the people you attack. You have the safety of your forums, where you have the freedom to say what you want.
What’s courage? Stand up and saying NO! Say no to belittling people in the name of Jesus because you feel that the Bible gives you that privilege. Have real dialogue and understand what it is like to be one of “them”.
Be reconcilers. Be healers. Be people of love like the Bible commands you to do.
Stop acting like the group no one wants to be around. Who looks their nose down at anyone.