Disclaimer: I fully believe in God’s use of His people to point others to Christ. This post serves merely as a reminder of where our focus should truly be pointed.
I am sort of disgusted by the rage that is dripping off of the Duck Dynasty/GQ situation. And I’m not talking about favoring one side or the other. I’m not referring to the beliefs of homosexuality or Christianity. I’m talking about the ENTIRE NATION missing the point.
And what is the point? According to GLAAD (the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation), praise is due A&E for responding so well to GQ’s squeal on Phil Robertson, patriarch of the Duck Dynasty family, for his “…recent racist, homophobic, and ill-informed remarks,” says the NAACP and the Human Rights Campaign.
And then there’s a petition-organizer’s take on things (Note: You can sign petitions to bring Phil back HERE or HERE). “Homosexuals have their convictions and Christians respect them. There is a difference between respecting someone’s rights to exercise free will and imposing on others what we believe. Phil has done nothing more than state what he believes in. Just because homosexuals do not agree, does not mean Mr. Robertson needs to be suspended.”
Apparently the argument pits homosexual activists against the beliefs of Mr. Robertson, with affiliations such as A&E (report of their take on things) and the Governor of Louisiana (his statement on the issue) getting caught in the crossfire.
You could argue the right of free speech and free press and toss ethics up and down until you’re blue in the face, but I say again, the nation is missing the point. Most of us are missing the point. Getting caught up in the argument is close to blinding. So before you retweet the #IStandWithPhil or #BringBackPhil hashtags, take a moment and peel back the controversy to reveal the underlying problem.
Simply put, we are sin-cursed humans with the ability to twist our lives into anything we deem worthy of our free will. This is a problem.
Caution: Phil-like statements to follow.
I’m just as much a sinner as the editors of GQ or the producers for A&E. We’re all born sinful. We need a savior.
People, this isn’t about standing with Phil. It’s about standing for GOD. Phil is a man. There are plenty of not-banned men on television who are quite open about their beliefs (though they are not “biblical”, mind you). This is about what is at the core of Phil’s values: Jesus Christ. And our nation isn’t in need of knowing that Phil believes in Him, our nation needs to believe in Him!
So, who do I stand with? I stand with the Lord, Jesus Christ. The one who owns and controls Phil’s heart and responses. The Lord of my heart. Our savior. Our God who deserves far more than rallying a nation under one man’s beard. I support the Robertson family in their beliefs, but when it comes to the argument, well, my allegiances rest on higher ground.