Future of Duck Dynasty? News Story here.
The controversy over Phil Robertson’s comments on homosexuality brings a couple of issues to the forefront of our cultural battle ground.
#1 Freedom of Speech. Phil Robertson has the right and freedom to say whatever he wants.
#2 Freedom of Religion. Phil Robertson has the right and freedom to believe and follow his faith without reservation.
Phil Robertson did two things. He gave his opinion about homosexual relationships and that he prefers women. A vagina is far superior in his mind. Second, he quoted the Bible in regard to homosexuality being a sin.
Homosexuality is a sin in the Bible. That fact will never be separated from the Jewish or Christian faith. If a person believes the Bible they will always believe homosexuality is a sin. Is homosexuality any worse than any other sin? No. Sin is sin.
Phil Robertson simply gave his opinion and told the interviewer what the Bible says. He did not condemn anyone, nor say anything hateful toward homosexuals. He obviously disagrees, but that is his absolute right to disagree with their life style living in a free society.
I’m a criminal in light of God’s Word. I accept that, repent of my sin, and do my best to stay away from sin. It does not matter who you are, every single human being on the Earth has the potential to commit any sin, and I pray that God continues to restrain my sinful flesh as I wait on Him to free me.
As a criminal I’m not going to condemn other criminals for criminal behavior (in God’s eyes). That is God’s place, and He will judge all sin according to His law. I personally don’t care what people choose to do in their bedrooms. My simple request is not to pressure me into believing it isn’t sin, and don’t attempt to manipulate my children to believe it isn’t sin. Live how you want, leave me and mine alone. You will answer to God not to me or any other criminal.
Should Christians tell other people that homosexuality is a sin? Jesus has told us to go into the world to preach the good news. Part of that is to preach repentance. People need to repent of their sins and believe. Those are God’s words, not ours. Repent means to have a change of mind and to stop. But, we need to include homosexuality with every other sin out there and not put it into a separate category. Having sex before marriage is as much a sin as homosexuality.
Phil Roberson quoted this scripture:
1 Corinthians 6:9-10, “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.”
Who will not inherit the kingdom of God? The unrighteous. That includes fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, homosexuals, sodomites, thieves, covetous, drunkards, revilers, and extortioners. Heterosexual sin is included as much as homosexuality. Where is the outcry from the thieves, drunks, and heterosexuals?
Senator Ted Cruz (Texas – R) responded, “If you believe in free speech or religious liberty, you should be deeply dismayed over the treatment of Phil Robertson. Phil expressed his personal views and his own religious faith; for that, he was suspended from his job. In a free society, anyone is free to disagree with him—but the mainstream media should not behave as the thought police censoring the views with which they disagree.”
Homosexuals are even speaking out on behalf of Phil Robertson.
The Daily Caller article here. Paglia, “Duck Dynasty uproar ‘utterly fascist, utterly Stalinist’”
Time Magazine article here. “The Duck Dynasty Fiasco Says More About Our Bigotry Than Phil’s”
I agree with Phil Robertson and I support him in his freedom of speech and religion. Down with political correctness! Down with the thought police! This is the United States of America.
Merry Christmas! *wink*