Okay…let me get this straight.
The first amendment says: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
I guess that amendment excludes a Christian who quotes from the Bible. In other words, everybody in this country can say and do whatever they want and say whatever they want unless they’re a Christian, who uses the Bible (accurately), to frame a discussion or a debate. That’s the way it appears to me in the recent Phil Robertson, Duck Dynasty debate.
That’s Phil on the far right. And that’s a good line to use. He is being called a “far right wacko,” simply because he quoted the Bible about homosexuality. I KNOW I’d be called a loon and a wacko by the media.
As you might know, Phil is the father of a family in Louisiana who make duck calls and other hunting calls. They have the number one show on cable, (appearing on A&E), called: Duck Dynasty. He was recently interviewed by GQ Magazine and said this:
“Everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong… Sin becomes fine,” he said. “Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men…
Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers — they won’t inherit the kingdom of God,” he warned. “Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”
Those last couple of sentences was a paraphrase of:
9 Or do you not 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, 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10
You see, Phil could have talked about drunks, thieves, adulterers and crooks and A&E would have said nothing. But, oh no Phil…you better get this straight Brother…you can’t talk about the most protected group of people in America today: LGBT’s. Get that straight Phil! (Can you hear my sarcasm?)
So, A&E said this:
“We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series Duck Dynasty. His personal views in no way reflect those of A&E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely.”
Now some argue that this fiasco is not about free speech and if you want to get technical about it, that might be true. After all, Phil is employed by A&E and thus, he works for them and therefore, they can fire him if they like. Yet, the reason they are suspending him is because they don’t like WHAT HE SAID. Yet dear reader, it’s what he said and the way he said it that’s exactly the reason the TV show has risen to the top of the cable ratings over the last four years. What do you expect this guy to say?
Phil speaks in churches all the time. After all he’s a Christian and he believes in the Bible and stands for what it says. But, that’s the real crux of the matter folks and we’d better get this straight. Here’s what Phil said after this thing exploded yesterday…
“I myself am a product of the 60s; I centered my life around sex, drugs and rock and roll until I hit rock bottom and accepted Jesus as my Savior. My mission today is to go forth and tell people about why I follow Christ and also what the bible teaches, and part of that teaching is that women and men are meant to be together…”
No, no, no Phil…those words in bold are what got you! Get it straight in your head Brother! If you are going to be a public figure, you can believe anything and say anything except you can’t quote the Bible or stand for what it says. As one man said that I read earlier today, “Phil’s comments went over about as well as a Chick-fil-A sandwich at a gay pride parade.” Amen!
You see, you and I can be gay, a lesbian, bi-sexual, transgendered person and say anything we want and we’ll be lauded and applauded. But, if I say (publicly) anything and I mean ANYTHING against LGBT’s or their lifestyle…you better get me off the stage, off the air, and find some hole to put me in, because we’re tolerant of anything and everything in this country except for Christians who quote the Bible. You see, if you are a celebrity, then you are entitled to espouse your opinion anytime you like… You can be Miley Cyrus and swing on a ball and chain nude or Ben Affleck and espouse anti-Christian hatred or Katy Perry, who banned her “conservative” parents from coming to the President’s inauguration last year. But…you better get this straight…if you believe that being “straight” is God’s divine design…well, you are off your rocker!
Between you and me, I think Duck Dynasty ought to indefinitely suspend A&E. In fact, Todd Starnes of Fox News said this today:
A&E is apparently run by a bunch of anti-Christian, bigots. Duck Dynasty worships God. A&E worships GLAAD. If Phil had been twerking with a duck the network probably would’ve given him a contract extension. But because he espoused beliefs held by many Christians, he’s been silenced. Perhaps A&E could provide the nation with a list of what they believe is politically correct speech. Maybe they could tell us what Americans can say, think and do. Should the U.S. Constitution be amended to prevent Americans from holding personal beliefs that others might not agree with? I suspect A&E’s decision is going to create a firestorm of controversy. If you thought feathers got ruffled over Chick-fil-A, wait until Duck Dynasty fans take to the streets. I’m one of those fans.
It’ll be interesting to see what happens in the days ahead. In the meantime we’re going to have to deal with being called bigots for believing in the Bible. Did you see what the group GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) said?
“Phil and his family claim to be Christian, but Phil’s lies about an entire community fly in the face of what true Christians believe. He clearly knows nothing about gay people or the majority of Louisianans — and Americans — who support legal recognition for loving and committed gay and lesbian couples. Phil’s decision to push vile and extreme stereotypes is a stain on A&E and his sponsors who now need to reexamine their ties to someone with such public disdain for LGBT people and families.”
Are you serious! His comments fly in the face of what TRUE CHRISTIANS believe. Are the GLAAD folks, TRUE CHRISTIANS? Just what is a Christian? Oh my word!
Folks, I just have to tell you that this really puts a burr under my saddle? You see, eventually I’m going to be told as a preacher of the Gospel that if I say anything against the sinful lifestyle of the LGBT community that our church might lose it’s tax exempt status. What would happen then? Would the church remain strong?
So, I have a proposition for us. Let’s stop using the term “Christian,” and start using the term, a “Christ-following, Biblicist.” A Biblicist is someone who believes in the totality of the Bible, not just the parts you like or suits your lifestyle. Many Christians have broken the second commandment and made for themselves a god that suits them. They quote Jesus and how He loved everyone and that’s true! He did. But, He also told the woman living in sin to “go and sin no more.”
So how has this happened? Simple. The church is so weak and anemic (and has been for the last 50 years) that we’ve allowed ourselves to be backed into a hole and told, “Believe what you want to believe…but don’t you dare bring it into the public square.”
But think about it. Who is running the media today? People who have been educated in our ultra liberal universities. They are now running the show. Most of these folks have been educated in the 1960’s and 70’s. So, they embrace the LGBT agenda because that’s what they were taught. And the INDOCTRINATION is only going to get worse.
I shared with you earlier this summer about the latest National Education Association (NEA) conference held in Atlanta back in July and their agenda for our children as reported in World Magazine.
According to the World Magazine article entitled: Troubling Trends:
The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Caucus (GLBTC) pushed the convention to pass a new resolution: “NEA will encourage all states and NEA Affiliates to use existing means of communication to promote developmentally appropriate instructional resources in order to help all educators integrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) history, people, and issues into their instruction…”
So get ready mom and dad…LGBT is coming to a school near you. 10 years from now all the children will be indoctrinated quite well. Scary! Real scary! But, I’m telling it to you straight…
So, for me…I don’t have A&E, so I don’t watch the show, but I’ve seen some episodes while on vacation and most of the show I thought was silly and/or foolish. But, I liked the fact that they brought God (the God of the Bible) to the national TV audience. And I liked how Phil ended the interview with the GQ Magazine interviewer:
Phil: “So you and your woman: Are y’all Bible people?”
Interviewer: “Not really, I’m sorry to say,” the reporter replied.
Phil: “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,” Phil said. “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?”
Great job Phil Robertson…you were simply trying to help to set that man straight about the truth! And that my dear friends has helped me to get this situation straight.
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