Well here we go again
Another crazy Christian is spouting his mouth off again, talking about sinners, God and being born again. This time he has a beard, rifle, and is from Louisiana of all places so, as the reporter alluded to, I guess this was to be expected right? A reporter with GQ magazine was doing an interview, and we all know magazines are all the rage now so this interview was of the utmost importance and the attention it has received understandable. Well, not really, GQ doesn’t even have 1 million readers a month. I know blogs that get several million readers per month and they aren’t even the most popular.
This old, bearded, crazy Christian is Phil Robertson, patriarch of the Duck Dynasty show on A&E that brought in over 11 million viewers for the season premiere back in August of this year making it the most watched non-fiction series telecast in the history of cable TV. Also, in case anyone thinks that belief in God is becoming a minority position, 80% of Americans still believe in God and a good majority of those people are watching this man’s family each week.
That means that Mr. Robertson’s family is talking to more people with his show than are reading GQ and guess what? They pray at the end of the show and talk about their faith on occasion around making duck calls and shooting defenseless animals. Something clearly needed to be done here. Then an idea was born, let’s give Miley Cyrus and Rihanna a break and send a GQ reporter out to talk to this crazy guy. We can talk to him about fashion, duck calls, his family, and um……
That’s right, after some relevant questions about his hunting weapons, a page long biography, and interjecting Phil’s human anatomy breakdown into the article where it doesn’t even seem to fit, but was just too juicy to leave out I am sure, the reporter asked Mr. Robertson what sin was and he told him, primarily by paraphrasing 1 Corinthians 6:9. “Or do you know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.”
Guess what folks…..That’s all of us, Phil, the reporter, you, me….All of us
The reporter wasn’t getting it though; he says “Okay, so perhaps it’s not exactly shocking that a deeply religious 67-year-old hunter from rural Louisiana would have, shall we say, enthusiastic ideas about what constitutes good Christian morality”. These ideas didn’t come from Phil the crazy bearded guy, they came from the Apostle Paul under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. They are located in the inspired word of God. Phil is just letting you know what it says without trying to smooth over the fact that we are all sinners and guilty of breaking the law of God.
Some people don’t like this apparently. Do you know who they are?
We are all sinners but we are not all mad at Phil. If you would like to know why just keep reading the verses starting where I left off above. It continues to say “And such were some of you but you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”
Some of us are just like Phil. Wretched sinners saved by grace so we are no longer angered by our sins being shown to us, instead there is a spirit of repentance and a need for forgiveness, or at least it should be that way. Those who are not like Phil are justifiably angry after seeing yet again how they fall short. One thing is certain however, it isn’t the greedy or the drunkards that drove the network to suspend Mr. Robertson indefinitely. If he would have stopped there on the list of sinners he probably still would have a job. It’s another minority that draws much attention even though as of 2010 they were only 3.8% of the US population.
That would be the homosexual community.
I think this is the one part of 1 Corinthians 6:9 that many today would argue is not sinful and therefore shouldn’t be included. Sure, we can understand how the Bible might say an adulterer would be a sinner, but not a homosexual, they were just born that way and it is completely normal, not to mention according to pew research a high majority of people know someone who is a homosexual. Many self-proclaimed Christians take this stance; I have even heard this from self-proclaimed homosexuals that also say they are Christians. The culture is accepting homosexuality so it must be ok.
But truthfully, this is just what we as human beings are making up as we go along when we come up with ideas like this. Mr. Robertson is not making this up, he is pulling his ideas from the Bible which calls homosexuality a sin in both the Old and New Testaments. The Bible also says that if we are Christians we don’t continue in our sin. Mr. Robertson says in his interview “We just love em, give em the good news about Jesus.” Then the reporter moves to second generation Robertson Jep who says “we aren’t as outspoken as our dad, we just tell them what the Bible says.” So it’s not the sinners word against Mr. Robertson, it’s their word against the Bible.
If you say you are a Christian and don’t like what the Bible says about your lifestyle then I suggest you not take it out on one man and demand his job over it, instead you should try and get a better understanding of what the Bible actually says and examine yourself in light of that. Mr. Robertson has some advice for you “We ought to just be repentant, turn to God, and let’s get on with it, and everything will turn around.”
If you are not a Christian then your anger is understandable, but instead of going after the messenger, listen to the words of Mr. Robertson who once again took more language from the Bible during the interview but nobody cared to focus on this part.
“If you simply put your faith in Jesus coming down in flesh, through a human being, God becoming flesh living on the earth, dying on the cross for the sins of the world, being buried, and being raised from the dead—yours and mine and everybody else’s problems will be solved. And the next time we see you, we will say: ‘You are now a brother. Our brother.’ So then we look at you totally different then. See what I’m saying?”
The end result of this interview should not be highlighting the religious views of one man and suspending him from his job because you are afraid of what 3.8% of Americans will think, what a magazine with relatively few readers prints, and the money you might lose if a sponsor buckles under pressure to stop giving you money. It should be the start of a conversation between people over what the Bible says concerning sin. The reporter asks “What in your mind is sinful?” attempting to personalize the answer, but it isn’t about what is in the mind of Phil Robertson, it’s about what is in the pages of scripture that matters.
Bottom line is Phil Robertson isn’t a crazy old bearded guy, he is an educated Christian man whose life was changed by the Gospel and he wants the same for others. Does he say it in ways that makes everyone feel good? Not exactly, but the point of the Gospel is not to make everyone feel good regardless of what some might tell you. The point of it is to change you from a person who loves their sin to a person who loves God and hates their sin, just like Phil Robertson said.
If you are a person who wants the message to be a bit gentler and wants to listen to what this family is really about, listen to Willy who was raised by Phil and isn’t as rough around the edges.