Phil Robertson, patriarch of the family portrayed on Arts and Entertainment Networks’ Duck Dynasty is simply a serious man of faith. He believes in a literal God who created the universe and has given us standards by which to live. In an interview with GQ magazine, he put forth the Bible’s stance on homosexuality, professed his belief in the Bible’s authority, and warned those who pursued such the homosexual lifestyle that the Bible says that God condemns such behavior. By saying these things, he also drew fire from that same homosexual community.
The reaction to Mr. Robertson’s comments concerning those who have adopted a gay lifestyle should come as no surprise whatsoever. Anyone willingly engaged in what God calls ‘sin’ most usually reacts strongly when their sin is revealed for what it truly is. In addition, anyone in the public eye who exhibits an unwavering faith in Jesus Christ is sure to irritate the conscience of those who want no part of God.
It is amazing how many different kinds of lifestyles are advocated in the media these days; but the only one that seems to be off limits is the Christian lifestyle. Sitcoms are in a downward spiral when it comes to portraying morality. Homosexuality, adultery, murder, violence, and a host of other evils is portrayed endlessly on television and movie theater screens every day. Whenever a Christian is portrayed in the media they are more often than not portrayed as ignorant of reality, intolerant of anyone who does not agree with them, judgmental, or just plain stupid or irrelevant. The general attitude seems to be ‘anything goes’…except Christianity, that is.
Mr. Robertson no doubt expected backlash for his strongly held beliefs, if not now, then sometime in the future. He makes no excuses for worshiping God with his life; and he knows that he will encounter resistance, even hostility, when he makes his views public.
The gay and lesbian community is attempting to organize a response to Phil Robertson’s remarks. Some may call for boycotts of Robertson’s ‘Duck Dynasty’ show on A&E. Needless to say lines are being drawn in the sand over Mr. Robertson’s statements.
Christians, the Bible is clear that those who willfully continue in behavior that God deems to be sinful are rejecting God and are in open rebellion against Him. Too many people think that, because God loves us, that He will merely overlook our choice of sin over Him. However, the Bible is clear that there will come a time when God judges humanity according to how we responded to Him during our life. Mr. Robertson knows that Christians are called, by God, to stand up for Him and His Word. Mr. Robertson cares enough about people to make sure that they are not ignorant of God and our responsibility to Him.
As these issues are brought more and more into the public forum, each of us must decide what we believe. Will we humble ourselves to God and His Word, or will we continue to rebel against Him and follow our own selfish lusts and desires?