Phil Robertson of the popular show Duck Dynasty has been suspended from the show. He was interviewed by GQ and was asked his opinion about homosexuality. He spoke his opinion with biblical basis, but has been anathematized by the media. What he spoke was not done with hatred or ire. But in order to draw attention to the self, the media had a field day.
This is an old story. What is upheld as sacred in the eyes of media and the spirit of the age must not be spoken against. Homosexuality, a term used for roughly one hundred years has become the new civil rights hot-button word. The New York Post defended the LGBT, saying science has proven homosexuality is not a choice and biblical opinion has a consensus that homosexuality is not a sin. The reality is there hasn’t been definitive evidence that homosexuality is biological nor is there biblical consensus that homosexuality is not a sin.
In the early church (the 4th and 5th century) most of the church was Arian: believed Jesus was not divine. Yet, there were church fathers such as Athanasius, Gregory of Nyssa, Gregory of Nazianzus, Basil the Great and others who theologically proved Jesus is fully human and fully divine. But it took these brave men to put right what was out of order and against much opposition. But in time, the church moved toward orthodoxy.
The current age of the church (in the mainline primarily) does not view homosexuality as sin. Yet, pillars of the faith hold to Scripture and tradition and reason that homosexuality is still a sin. But this does not mean it is condemnable. Just because a behavior has grown in approval does not mean that it is in right order. Truth is still truth. Yet, Christians still love those in sin because Christians are sinners who realize they are sinners and have come to the mercy seat asking Christ for forgiveness.
Phil Robertson has the right to speak what the church has believed in all times even at its Jewish roots. In no way is what Phil said hate speech or bigotry. He stated later that he does not hate anyone and did not state his stance on the issue with ire or hatred. He is just stating the fact of sin, whom all struggle with. God is merciful to those who come to him in repentance—God is forgiving and merciful.
Like the church fathers in the early church, Phil is up against forces who wish to silence him. In time, opinion of truth may not change, but truth will always stand. Lord have mercy on us.