Phil Robertson’s Response…

…given at his church over the weekend. He’s not backing down from what he said, and given what happened when Cracker Barrel tried to distance themselves from the A&E controversy by pulling all the Duck Dynasty gear from the shelves in its stores before recognizing what a terrible mistake that was, he doesn’t have much reason to.

So this is what Phil had to say at White’s Ferry Road Church of Christ in West Monroe…

‘I am just reading what was written over 2000 years ago. Those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom. All I did was quote from the scriptures, but they just didn’t know it. Whether I said it, or they read it, what’s the difference? The sins are the same, humans haven’t changed.

‘If you give them the bad news, they’ll start kicking and screaming. But you love them more than you fear them, so you tell them.

‘A lot of times they don’t even wait for you to finish and say, ‘But there’s a way out, do you want to hear the rest of the story or what?

‘Jesus will take sins away, if you’re a homosexual he’ll take it away, if you’re an adulterer, if you’re a liar, what’s the difference? If you break one sin you may as well break them all.

‘If we lose our morality, we will lose our country. It will happen. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could all walk around without stealing from each other and killing each other?

The gay lobby refuses to hear that homosexuality is a sin, though the Bible is replete with references to the contrary. If you make those references, as Phil Robertson did, you’re a bigot and a homophobe.

At The Atlantic, Larry Alex Taunton has an excellent post which deserves a full read…

Missing in the controversy over A&E’s handling of its golden goose—or duck, rather—is the fact that the real conflict here is not between Robertson and A&E; it is between gay activists and a solid majority of Christians who believe homosexual acts are wrong. As indicated above, Robertson’s views are hardly anomalous. Christians may disagree on the details, but the Bible strongly condemns homosexuality in both the Old and New Testaments; the marriage model of one man and one woman is first given by God in Genesis 2 and reiterated by Jesus in Matthew 19; and in Romans 1 the Apostle Paul denounces homosexuality as a hallmark of a degenerate culture. The point here isn’t that you have to believe any of this, but many Christians do believe it and feel morally bound to believe it.

Instead of acknowledging this tension, however, A&E, GLAAD, and their supporters have responded with disingenuous expressions of shock and horror.  And it matters that it’s disingenuous, because if they actually acknowledged that there is a genuine conflict between orthodox Christianity and homosexual sex (along with several forms of heterosexual sex) they would have to confront head-on the fact that calling for a boycott or pressuring for Robertson’s suspension tells orthodox Christians that their religion is no longer acceptable, and that’s not a very politically correct thing to do. Right now, they are trying to weasel out of it by characterizing Robertson as a backwoods bigot who takes his moral cues fromDeliverance rather than from a straightforward reading of the Bible and the historic teachings of the Christian religion.

Taunton references Rick Warren’s essential quote…

Our culture has accepted two huge lies.  The first is that if you disagree with someone’s lifestyle, you must fear them or hate them.  The second is that to love someone means you agree with everything they believe or do.  Both are nonsense. You don’t have to compromise convictions to be compassionate.

This needs to be internalized as part of the culture, because it’s a very good way to square the circle and a way for Christians to explain to the cultural Left how Biblical teaching isn’t bigotry. Christians hate the sin but love the sinner; this is increasingly difficult to communicate in a society which has grown to equate speaking out against things others might do with an infringement on individual rights.

This even permeates the Robertson/A&E controversy. A&E didn’t infringe upon Robertson’s 1st Amendment right to free speech, though it might have infringed upon his religious freedom in the workplace. What it did, though, was to participate in the cultural war the Left is waging against traditional Americans, and that war is a mechanism for achieving what the Left cannot through law or politics; namely, to stifle and destroy traditional morality or Christian teachings in American society and replace them with multiculturalism and cultural Marxism. Calling people names – racist, sexist, bigot, homophobe – and imposing negative consequences on them based on how well they fit those names is a great way to impose this new cultural norm without even having to pass laws.

And the laws then come.

GLAAD, the gay advocacy organization whose reaction to Robertson’s initial GQ interview sparked the controversy in the first place, switched to its fallback position late last week when it began to look like the public wasn’t going to take their side and help destroy the Duck Dynasty brand…

“We believe the next step is to use this as an opportunity for Phil to sit down with gay families in Louisiana and learn about their lives and the values they share,” the spokesman said.

Phil Robertson isn’t likely to do much of anything GLAAD asks, but he might actually do this – and if he does, what he’ll be doing is bringing along his Bible and preaching to the “gay families in Louisiana” about how the homosexual lifestyle is sinful just as lots of other things are sinful, and in Jesus those sins can be taken away.

They won’t likely take to such a message, though, and GLAAD most assuredly won’t be happy when their attempts to mau-mau Robertson into an apology to irate gay activists turns into…something else.

In other words, be careful what you ask for. This is not a man who will knuckle under to the PC crowd. He doesn’t have to, and his convictions are as deeply-held and passionate as yours are.

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