Saturday, December 21, 2013

Duck Dynasty and a moment of truth for believers

Okay, so the patriarch of Duck Dynasty, Phil Robertson offended many people with his remarks made in a GQ interview. And the network A&E suspended Phil from the show until further notice.

As many have stated, Robertson has a constitutional right to free speech, but that does not mean he has a constitutional right to have a reality tv show.  And A&E do have the right to suspend him, even fire him, if they don't like what he has said.

What bothers me is that even Christians are apologizing for Robertson's remarks. Saying things like he was crude and could have said things differently, that he could have said it is his belief that homosexual behaviour is wrong, that he went too far in condemning such behaviour as sinful.

I think this controversy will be very good for separating the sheep from the goats. When Phil made his statement that homosexuals, liars, thieves, would not inherit the kingdom of heaven, he was simply paraphrasing St. Paul in the epistle of First Corinthians.

Do not be deceived. Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders, nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. I Corinthians 6:9-10

Even Bill O'Reilly said that Phil was not speaking the Christian message which is that Jesus told us not to judge. I think O'Reilly must be awfully young in his Catholic faith if he has not yet read St. Paul.

There is no avoiding the fact that Jesus did say not to judge, but what everyone conveniently forgets to say after that is that Jesus told the woman caught in adultery to "go and sin no more". 

Do not judge the sinner, but do judge the sin.

Christians are supposed to judge sinful behaviour; the Christian world view is not tolerant of everything; in fact, it is quite intolerant of many things.

What we are discovering is that most Christians want to be seen as tolerant by the rest of the world. Truly espousing the Christian belief system will not make you popular. In fact, we were told to expect persecution.

So, Phil Robertson didn't do or say anything that should not be expected from any Christian in a similar circumstance. I think what we are seeing is a whole lot of Christians who are running scared when they have to acknowledge publicly that Christianity does in fact condemn homosexual behaviour, just as it condemns any sexual immorality.

It really is time to draw the line and stand on one or the other side of it. You can't remain in the middle if you are a true Christian.

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