I’ve seen a plethora of paraphernalia. Everywhere I go I see them – the bearded men with unconcealed rifles and uncensored opinions. I’ve never watched Duck Dynasty. TV just isn’t my gig. But I get the drift. These guys mean business, and, while their image and attitude is an overnight sell-out, their beliefs are anything but.
I don’t live under a rock. I’ve heard and seen enough to 1. be surprised they’ve been allowed on national television this long, and 2. not be surprised that their end, prime-time speaking, is surely in sight.
Before that comes, I’d just like to say, Phil Robertson, who is now (falsely?) accused of anti-gay, hateful, discriminatory comments, has done nothing different than those by whom he is being accused. It seems to me that, while the “minority majority” is fighting against the anti-gay mentality, he is fighting against the anti-God mentality. While these conspirators are seeking to demonize Mr. Robertson for his core beliefs, they are consequently breaking their very own code of so-called neutrality and tolerance. Naturally, the results are blatant hypocrisy, survival semantics, guerrilla gun-less ganging up, and schizophrenic superintendence.
From what I’ve gathered, this man, albeit graphically, suggested that physical attraction makes more sense between a man and woman than between a man and a man. He said the latter is a sin and that sin is illogical. Just like Pastor Dennis always taught me – sin makes us stupid.
Well, America, Mr. Robertson just so happens to be right. Homosexuality is sin. So is heterosexuality outside of marriage. That’s not bigoted, it’s biblical. Saying so does not mean a person hates those who practice such things. (If that were the case it stands to reason that, perhaps, Wesboro Baptist has it right after all – God hates us all because he has told us what is right and what is so awfully wrong in his eyes.) No. It often means just the opposite – he loves them enough to speak the truth. And, while both groups – the homosexual and the heterosexual outside of marriage – claim to be fighting for “love” and the right to practice it with whomever they choose without question, the honest truth is that they are fighting only for the love of themselves. Mr. Robertson is fighting, rather, for his love of God and the Bible. How do I know? Because people who are looking to their own self-interests do not forfeit a multi-million dollar gig to prove God’s Word true and every man a liar.
We have a myriad of pastors in this country who will not stand behind this truth the way this man has – and I’m not just talking about the name-it, claim-it guys either. There are many, many policing people in our culture who stand guard anxiously obliged to tell you and I just what we can and cannot say, write, do, and even think. This is called censorship and it is born out of cowardice and fear of being exposed negatively in the eyes of men. Those who would obey their rules fall into the same traps of the fear of man and cowardice that their opponents impose them by. Shame on us. Every time we submit to the sickness of self-preservation, we deny God glorification.
With that, I’ve just one question to ask on behalf of Mr. Robertson, myself, my family, my church, and my (almost?) free country: Should we obey God or man?
So they called them and charged them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. 19 But Peter and John answered them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge, 20 for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard.” ~Acts 4:18-20
I don’t know you, but I am thankful for people like this man who seem to care more about God than money, freedom than fear, and truth than trend. We need more of them.