by C. Aaron Russell
So, Phil Robertson announced he believes homosexuality is a sin, and that’s a big shocker to A and E and the rest of the world? In an entertainment culture where just about anything goes regarding sex, drunkenness and debauchery, simply quoting the Bible is deemed too offensive, and “not what true Christians believe,” and displaying a “public disdain for LGBT people and families,” according to a GLAAD representative.
Apparently GLAAD now believes they are proper representatives for Christianity. Why is it unthinkable for the media to allow anyone to be a public voice for true Christian families, the one’s who do actually read and believe their Bibles? What did Phil actually say anyway that was so intolerable? He started by simply stating the obvious, what every heterosexual male (Christian or not) has thought and probably said themselves at some point. Phil admitted,
“It seems like, to me, a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man’s anus,” he said. “That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying?”
Yes Phil, every heterosexual understands what you’re saying. It’s just that the politically correct, vocal minority has more rights to censor what their family is subjected to than the rest of us.
Phil, then went on to simply state that homosexuality was a sin, along with a host of many other things, paraphrasing from Corinthians,
“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. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”
He didn’t do anything so offensive other than to say to the LGBT community that they are sinners. Phil then went on to label himself as a sinner as well, saying, “I myself am a product of the 60s; I centered my life around sex, drugs and rock and roll until I hit rock bottom and accepted Jesus as my Savior. My mission today is to go forth and tell people about why I follow Christ and also what the bible teaches, and part of that teaching is that women and men are meant to be together.”
That is absolutely the right way to be a Christian witness. Phil didn’t do it in some self-righteous fashion and wasn’t being condemning. He just indicated that we are all sinners, and should repent in order to follow Jesus and find Salvation. That’s what we all must do, all believers, because we are all sinners. The specific sin itself really is not the issue, just that we humble ourselves enough to say that only God is holy, and we choose Him over the desires of our flesh. To not tell sinners the truth is not to love them at all. The truth requires people to make a choice, light or dark, sin or repentance, Christ or the World, and that is always controversial.
So, the question remains, is the Roberson family going to continue working with A&E, or stand on the side of the head of their family? They have an opportunity here to demonstrate together how a Christian family should not compromise with the world and its supposed morals that run contrary to God’s. The argument could be made, that even if they can’t say everything they wish, at least they can continue to use the series to demonstrate other Christian values and be an example to the world. The problem with that is it would appear as if they are selling out. It would seem as if they choose to continue to accept money and fame from the world, while their family leader has been censored and banned for taking a moral stand.
As stated, we all have to make a choice when we follow Christ, but the choices don’t stop there. Christians face trials, temptations and compromises every day that would take us off our path and stumble us on our walk of faith. Every day in around the world in anonymity, Christians have to make difficult choices over their faith. Sometimes it’s giving up material things or maybe even their job—sometimes it’s their life. This is an opportunity for the Robertson’s to make a public demonstration to the world, that Christian families have a right to believe, live and share the Gospel, without becoming compromised, watered down or lukewarm in order to have acceptance from an amoral world.