I wouldn’t be a true blogger if I didn’t write about the “Duck Dynasty” explosion, right?
My opinion of the show doesn’t matter, because I don’t watch it. I know, I know. I’m not a true ‘Merican. I don’t have cable, but I probably wouldn’t watch it if I did. I’m just not a big fan of semi-scripted reality television shows. I’d rather go outside and live in actual reality. But I’m not knocking anyone that does follow this show.
My opinion isn’t even really based on what Phil said. If you didn’t read the article, Phil paraphrased some Scripture about homosexuality and made the statement that he doesn’t agree with that lifestyle and that it is unbiblical and sinful. I will not argue with what Mr. Robertson said. Have your opinion, brother! Voice it! I’m all about standing up for what you truly believe in. He probably knew some of the backlash he would receive, but he felt like he was honoring God. I feel the same way about A&E’s decision to cut him from the show. They are standing up for what they believe in too, knowing that their decision could potentially hurt their network’s ratings. Everyone is making a sacrifice because of their beliefs. Go them.
My opinion of Christianity has been changed. What is wrong with you people? Does it really take some bearded duck hunter to make you stand up for your faith? Does making Phil Robertson your profile picture on Facebook prove that you are a believer? No, not really. It proves that you are standing against homosexuality (I’m not saying you’re not allowed to have that viewpoint). It does not make you a martyr. It makes you a “hater.” Because while you will say that you’re standing up for “freedom of speech,” you’re actually saying, “I stand up for freedom of speech, as long as it goes along with my Christian values.” A&E is exercising their right to kick someone off of their network who’s beliefs don’t coincide with theirs. Why isn’t anyone making the A&E logo their profile picture? Because that isn’t freedom of speech…it’s bigotry? How confusing.
I am embarrassed by some of the statuses and comments I read on social networks. I would delete you all, but then I wouldn’t have anything to entertain me when I log on and look at my newsfeed (that’s probably sinful of me, woops). Here’s the thing: comparing Phil Robertson to Chic-Fil-A lets me know that you are jumping on the anti-gay bandwagon. YES, you can argue all day long that homosexuality is a sin. But is it THE sin? NO. Is homosexuality the thing that is ruining Christianity? Nope. Sinful people ruined this world (which is all of us). Thank God that He sent His SON to die for our disgusting, dead souls.
Tell me the last time that writing a long status about the abomination of homosexuality brought someone to Christ. Because I would love to hear about it. I’m sure it would be a beautiful story, if it ever actually happened. Tell me the last time that making your profile picture say something ignorant about freedom of speech and ‘Merica did anything for the Gospel. Once again, you are not a martyr. Just stop.
I wish that we “Christians” were as concerned about spreading the Gospel as we are about standing behind Phil Robertson. My gosh. I have never even walked over to my neighbor’s house to meet them and I’ve lived in a house that is connected to theirs for almost six months. Are they believers? I have no clue. They don’t speak much English, and I am too lazy to try to communicate with them. I am ashamed to even admit that. It is a S H A M E. We don’t bend over backwards to bring people to Christ, but we will go out of our way to win a Facebook debate on why Phil Robertson should be placed back on A&E and why the network sucks for exercising their right to remove him.
Who the duck cares? Who cares? A&E and the Duck Dynasty crew will survive without each other. Why don’t we stand behind the Gospel? Why are we standing behind this bearded man? I know he might look like a redneck version of Jesus, but he isn’t! Get off of Facebook and go into your community! Build relationships with people and share the GOSPEL with them. Don’t write on their wall and tell them that they are going to Hell because they don’t agree with ole buddy Phil. Quit posting article after article about how Phil Robertson is the only good thing on TV. Quit debating your ignorance. It’s not furthering the Gospel, it’s pushing people away. Whatever happened to discipleship? If we are really this determined for people to know the Truth, then why are we not pursuing them the way that Jesus did?
We really need to refocus on what’s important here. Jesus is important. Following Christ is important. If you feel convicted to stand against homosexuality, then do it, but please find a less ignorant and less harmful way to do so. Study some Scripture, don’t just listen to Phil. Read your Bible. Know why you believe what you believe, and then stand by it. Phil Robertson will be the first to tell you that his words mean nothing and that God’s Word means everything. Let’s focus on that, not his paraphrased opinion in GQ magazine.
I love Jesus, and I follow Him. I am a failure, but I am redeemed. And I would rather the world know that about me than my views on homosexuality and freedom of speech.