I read the above link because well, I didn’t know what was going on.
You see, I’ve never seen an episode of Duck Dynasty. Quite frankly, I don’t even know what the show is about. I don’t care about the show. So with that, when this Phil Robertson guy said something, it blew right over my head because I don’t know what he is.
I then decided to read more about it and came across the above link. It gave me the gist of it and both sides of the biblical argument. But after reading all that, I have come to the conclusion that everybody’s reaction is wrong.
From the article, which summarizes what everyone is talking about.
A&E, the network that broadcasts the hugely popular “Duck Dynasty” show, suspended Robertson for a now infamous interview with GQ magazine. In the article, Robertson, who became a born-again Christian in the 1970s after a prodigal youth, is asked to define “sin.”
Here’s what Robertson says: “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.”
Robertson, 67, then paraphrases a Bible passage from the New Testament: “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.”
Was he wrong for answering the question the way he believed it? No. But was he wrong in how he said it? Yes.
Was A&E wrong to suspend him? No. But was it A&E’s fault that it came to this? Yes.
Are the LGBT groups wrong to be angry? No. Should they trying to fight every single battle? Yes.
Here’s the thing. If Robertson believes that, then so be it. Whatever. I don’t know why his words hold more value then other people’s opinions. Oh that’s right, he’s a celebrity and we worship them. Anybody going out there professing their love and support for him are really just supporting a false idol.
But the real issue is this. Even though he did quote scripture, it doesn’t seem he did anything to glorify God. All he did was essentially pointed at all those people who are different than him and told them they were sinners. We know he’s a believer of Christ, but how come he didn’t go saying about that too?
And why did he just list some sins, but not every single one? Why did he point directly at gay people first, as if they are the worst offenders?
It’s been a point that I’ve been saying for a long time. Yes, recognizing sin is good. But it’s more important to acknowledge and accept God’s love. If we know God, then we can fix sin. You can’t fix sin if sin holds no meaning.
Robertson is not wrong in what he said, but he sure took the wrong approach in doing it. He said something in a way that made people not feel loved. And it’s a shame too because from the other parts of the article, he truly believes that love rules. But I guess he didn’t express well enough. His heart is right but his way of telling it wasn’t the best.
For A&E, they should have told Robertson not to say anything like that. When under contract, anything that an employee does that can hurt the company is a punishable offense. A&E should have very easily just have told him to not address certain topics that can make the company look bad.
And by pressure from everyone, A&E caved and punished him. In reality, they should be punishing themselves for not setting up bigger barriers for these kinds of things.
I wouldn’t say the LGBT groups are wrong for reacting this way. But I guess by now any semi-famous person who says anything they don’t like is an issue. Maybe they can’t just fight every single battle. I want them to not be afraid that they are being hurt and it sucks when a famous person says that they are sinners. That’s just harsh.
All this actually really comes down to the Bible and what is really a sin. Is homosexuality a sin? Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t. I don’t know. In fact, it’s not that important to me in the big picture. The big picture is that I want people to know God. That’s the only thing that does matter. The call of a Christian is to tell the good news. The good news is that they are loved by an almighty God, regardless of their situation. That’s all I care about. That’s all we should really be focusing on.
The other stuff, that’s secondary. That will come when we get people to see God. Until then, why worry about the little details? The big picture is where it’s at. Robertson, in his words, did not give that message. He didn’t promote God with his words. Instead, he condemned. It’s not what he did, but it’s how he did it. That’s always going to be the case.
If you’re going to talk faith, do it the way that God does: with love. If your words aren’t loving, then you’re doing it wrong. The message always has to come back to God’s love.
I guess when it comes right down to it, people need to chill. Everyone. I’ve seen enough idiocy and reactions from things like this, Chick-fil-A or whatever to make me realize we as a society (including Christians) take more joy in pushing our agenda and simmering in the idea of controversy than the actual desire of loving one another the way God shows us.
These are my rambling thoughts at the moment, unfiltered. Agree, disagree, comment, don’t comment. It doesn’t matter. Just remember that the most important thing from Christianity is loving one another, not pointing out people’s faults.