Yesterday evening at family Christmas, my brother announced, “I just saw a Fox News Report. It’s official. Phil’s back on the show.” The family room erupted with a smattering of applause and head nods of approval. But no one was surprised. A louder voice spoke. Money talks.
After a nationwide uproar, A&E re-instated Phil Robertson to his prominent and beloved position on Duck Dynasty. According to the Left, Phil committed the unpardonable sin. He dared define homosexuality as sin, citing the Bible as his reference. The side always preaching “tolerance” leveled accusations of bigotry and homophobia at the God fearing outdoorsman. Resolved to hold fast to the truth of Scripture, the Patriarch of the Robertson Family told a Church Bible Study group he refused to back down from his anti-homosexuality statements but added,
“I’m a lover, not a hater.”
He’s modeling Jesus.
In the Gospel of John chapter 8 we find the following:
Jesus went unto the mount of Olives.
And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them.
And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,
They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.
Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?
This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.
So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.
And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.
When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?
She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee
Many people, when justifying a choice or behavior, quote this section of Scripture, stopping before Jesus finished his statement. He did say,
“Neither do I condemn you”
But He also added,
“Go and leave your life of sin.”
People hate being labeled a sinner. It sounds so filthy and dirty and undesirable. And yes, that’s how God views it.
Had the religious leaders dragged a homosexual, or a thief, or a person charged with “knock-out,” a murderer, or a child guilty of sticking gum in his sister’s hair, to the feet of Jesus, He’d said,
“Go and leave your life of sin”
It’s not a popular message. It steps on our toes and causes us to be uncomfortable. But that’s how God deals with our sin. If people desire forgiveness, there must first come an acknowledgment of sin and then repentance, a
“Going” and “Leaving.”
Phil Robertson pointed out several sinful lifestyles, targeting no group in particular. He explained every person’s need of repentance and of God’s role in holding Heaven and Hell’s citizenship rolls.
What did the “Duck Dynasty” star do wrong? He ruffled the feathers of a minute percent of people searching for a lifestyle validation. From Mr. Robertson, those people won’t receive,
“Congratulations, you’re living in a sinful lifestyle,”
but more likely hear,
“There’s good news, a little Baby born in Bethlehem entered the world to shoulder your sin problem…as well as mine.”
And that should be good news to one and all.