The purpose of this post is not to defend Phil Robertson or his comments.
In fact, I don’t think that is the main objective of any of the Duck Dynasty patriarch’s supporters. What is alarming to many of us is that Phil’s rights end when homosexuals’ rights advance.
I realize that the 1st Amendment doesn’t guarantee that Phil be on a reality show; however, I think we all realize what would happen if the roles were reversed. Who is the last person to lose a job, sponsorship, or their reputation for slandering or “judging” those of us who stand for the sanctity of marriage? Every person who calls us intolerant, hateful, bigots, religious nuts, homophobic, and any of the other divisive insults is doing the same thing Phil Robertson did. Some might argue what they are doing is worse.
How is that worse? Robertson only answered a question (much like Mr. Cathy from Chick-fil-A did). Would we rather Robertson lie? That might be the norm for politicians, but dishonesty should be frowned on. Furthermore, Robertson cited his beliefs from the centuries-old Bible, what we believe to be the Word of God.
While some liberal Christians have now denied the Bible’s stance against homosexuality, the overwhelming majority of believers have stood by this claim since Leviticus, through the days of Paul, and even in this anything-goes culture.
The Duck Commander didn’t call anyone names; he answered a question about his beliefs. When his enemies respond with name calling, isn’t that stooping to a worse level?
Contrary to what media types like Bill O’Reilly have claimed, Robertson wasn’t “judging” homosexuals. Quite the opposite. He quite clearly said that he doesn’t judge and it is up to God to “sort ‘em out” at the judgment. He said he has no way of knowing what is in the heart of man, and it is his job to love everyone.
Nothing more judgmental than loving everyone.
This issue is just another chapter in the anti-Christian assault on Bible-believers. Consider Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Denver, Colorado. His rights were violated when Judge Robert Spencer recently criticized Phillips for refusing to make a cake for a gay wedding. The honorable Spencer told Phillips from now on he could not refuse to make cakes for homosexual events, even though Phillips is a strong believer who said he will close his shop before that happens.
Masterpiece Cakeshop is not a government entity, and neither is Phillips a government employee. He is an entrepreneur, a small business owner that has the right to not bake cakes. How can a judge order someone to bake a cake? It only makes sense when cries of “Intolerance!” get involved.
Remember, we have to tolerate everyone. Except Christians. No one has to tolerate them.
Don’t believe me? Ask yourself what would happen if the roles were reversed. What if Jack Phillips went into Adam and Steve’s Cakeshop and ordered a cake for his straight-pride rally? What if he wanted the cake to have 1 Corinthians 6 piped onto it? Would Robert Spencer have ordered the homosexuals to make the cake? I highly doubt it.
As gay rights groups continue to demand more rights, we need to be sure that we do not lose ours. Fortunately it appears that believers are sticking together to support each other. So far it looks like that Duck Dynasty boycott is working about as well as last year’s Chick-fil-A boycott.