Thursday, December 19, 2013
How Should Duck Dynasty Respond
A lot has been said about how Christians should respond to the Duck Dynasty situation. Most of the responses I have seen range from boycotting A&E to taking a fresh stand for freedom of religion to pontificating about free speech. However, I want to focus your attention of what Scripture says about how Christians should respond in this situation. After all, that is what we are talking about here.
First and foremost, Phil Robertson was absolutely correct to say what he said and he was right in saying it within the context in which he did. Note that Robertson lumped us all together as sinners. He did not say that homosexuals were worse than the rest of us. He did express his preference for heterosexuality and urged other men to do the same. Other than that, he classified fornication and his own past behavior as sinful alongside homosexuality.
Fast forward to Al Mohler’s interview on CNN. He was cast beside an obviously gay man in order to contrast Mohler’s view with the gay view. Poor guy, little did he know that he was on with one of the most brilliant minds in the entire world. There were two things that stood out to me about the gay man’s argument: first was his appeal to the populace and the second was his view that bestiality was a sexual perversion. The Christian has no regard for whether or not every solitary non-Christian American in this country endorses the gay lifestyle. That is not something we consider when we evaluate the morality of a particular behavior. We evaluate behavior in the light of Scripture, not in terms of the typical contemporary mindless twits that have come to make up American culture. Second, I find it quite interesting that a man in the gay world would be offended by sex with animals. Why would that sort of sex be considered perverse by a homosexual? What is the ground of his moral objection? I wonder if he considered the feelings of those who enjoy bestiality. Clearly, the homosexual man has failed to see the obvious moral dilemma into which he has stumbled.
“Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. “Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (Matt. 5:10-12)
Jesus was clear in how He expected members of His Church to respond to the kind of vitriol and hate that American culture is spewing out against Christians and their views. We are not to retaliate. We are not to get all worked up about our rights. We are to rejoice! It is a marvelous honor for Christians to be attacked and scandalized for the sake of the gospel. Phil Robertson is a very blessed man today. He has been subjected to some hefty persecution because he stood with the teachings of Christ! Phil Robertson identified with Jesus Christ today and American culture hates him for it. That is where we are folks. True, lots of people are standing behind Phil and we should. But the gay agenda is here to stay and its core objective has been to destroy Christianity all along. Gay marriage, equal treatment, special protection? All of these are nothing more than distractions designed to push an ugly, bigoted, hateful, and dangerous agenda that has at its center the absolute abolishment of genuine biblical Christianity. Let us take up the armor of God, proclaim the truth, and rejoice in the sufferings of Christ!