Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson and the A&E Television Network have entered what has transpired into quite the battle. Obviously, the comments that Phil Robertson made about the Gay & Lesbian community have caused controversy about specific constitutional rights. It is not a secret that Phil Robertson is a man of faith considering his, “Faith, Family, and Ducks” motto. After spending some time reading the full context, I can only assume that GQ instigated this controversy. When you ask a devoted Christian his personal beliefs on a specific controversial subject, do you seriously expect him to proclaim anything other than the foundational truths of his beliefs? I believe Phil Robertson said what needed to be said, as most celebrities would have coddled their answers to the views of the world. Phil Robertson said it best, “It’s a TV show. This thing ain’t gonna last forever”. This demonstrates his faith in the returning Lord and his understanding that the only thing that is eternal is the Lord, Jesus Christ. Plus, let’s be real. Phil Robertson was a millionaire before “Duck Dynasty” ever piloted due to his “Duck Commander” enterprise that manufacturers duck calls. A&E needs Phil Robertson more than Phil Robertson needs A&E.
The media never tried to censor the famous Chemistry Teacher turned Methamphetamine Drug Lord, Walter White, but they sure did censor the “Uneducated”, “Backwoods Redneck”, Phil Robertson.
(I am aware that Phil Robertson is highly educated. That is a sarcastic statement in order to draw attention to the comparison of the fictional persona of “Walter White” and the portrayal of Phil Robertson in the show.)
In a previous blog, I mentioned that there is a double standard in regards to tolerance. Please allow me to demonstrate or elaborate on that. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Now, I am not a lawyer, but I am pretty sure that Phil Robertson’s dismissal could be in violation of such legislation considering A&E is technically the Robertson’s employer. However, as liberal as our judicial system has become, the case would be dismissed before reaching the Louisiana Supreme Court. Moving on. When an openly gay employee has conversation or makes public their personal lifestyle, society must be understanding and show no sign of discrimination. Agreed. However, on the other hand, if a straight heterosexual employee makes a comment expressing their personal convictions about homosexuality, immediately they are a bigot and must be disciplined. Phil Robertson was asked about his personal beliefs, regardless of his celebrity status, he is an American citizen that has the right to speak freely without fear of persecution. Just as the constitution governs all people so does the Bible. Phil Robertson was very clear in his explanation that he does not pass judgment and reiterates that “judgment” is passed by the Lord.
Recently, the news was in uproar over the actions and comments of the former Disney Channel favorite Miley Cyrus, or better known as Hannah Montana. Miley Cyrus went on to claim, that she is free to express herself in any way she desires because it is her life and her right to do so. Fair Enough. Though her actions could have been offensive to women and obscene to children it was suddenly marked as her freedom of expression. Obviously, there are multitudes of other examples but she seemed to fit the bill. Phil Robertson was asked to “express” himself in verbal context and due to the “offensive nature” of his comments he is now suspended. If you cannot handle the answer, do not ask the question. It makes no sense, that Christians cannot openly believe in God or stand on their beliefs without the “world” being tolerant as they so demand from others. The Bible says that believers are not of this world and those that follow Him will endure great trials, however we cannot relent on what we are commanded to do, seek the Lord and make disciples.
Just about every week in the news there is a mass shooting, natural disaster, or some sort of unspeakable act of terrorism. Phil Robertson mentioned repentance and if the whole world would love God, things would change. God is Holy, and therefore cannot touch that of uncleanliness. Everyone should be able to agree that the world we live in, is far from clean and needs a savior. The good news is, that savior died for you and me over two thousand years ago on an old rugged cross and rose again on the third day. Do not mistake my tolerance for understanding. Though I do not pass judgment, that does not mean that I will refrain from sharing the word of God with you. So, to put it in short.
If you want the world to “self heal” and change. We need more Phil Robertson’s and less Miley Cyrus’.
“If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.” – John 15:19