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The Duck Dynasty Controversy

December 21, 2013

What is the real issue behind the fact that Phil Robertson has been suspended by A&E for his remarks about homosexuality? If we should be getting upset about this, then where should our focus be?

Some have approached this controversy from the point of view that it simply isn’t worth getting upset about it. We need to pick our battles, and this is not one of them. They also bring up the fact that all of this controversy is acting as free advertising for the show and that by suspending Phil Robertson, A&E have put themselves in a good financial position. Furthermore, any discussion we have only goes to promote their agenda.

While this may be true, this shouldn’t prevent us from, at the very least, discussing these issues. There are some issues that are underlying this specific controversy that should cause us some great concern as Christians; especially as we consider history.

The real issue with this controversy is the fact that the homosexual advocates will not tolerate anything that contradicts the status quo that they are working to create. They demand that not only must everyone tolerate homosexuals, but they must give approval to the idea of homosexuality. The punishment for not giving your approval is that you are no longer permitted to participate in society as seen by the suspension of Phil Robertson.

Does this remind you of anything in the past?

In the Roman Empire, you were required to pay homage to Caesar by burning a bit of incense and saying “Caesar is Lord”. By doing this, you were then permitted to participate in society and in the market place. By refusing to pay homage, at the very least, you were prevented from participating in the market and at worst, you were executed.

The fact that simply sharing your Christian beliefs could result in being banned from participation in the market place of commerce and/or ideas should cause every Christian to consider this present controversy very carefully.

If this continues down the same path, it should not surprise us to see our culture end up in the same position, where if we refuse to acknowledge the inherent goodness of homosexuality, we will be unable to participate in commerce and generally be persecuted for hate speech.

In the paraphrased words of Dr. James White, “The homosexual agenda will not rest until they are surrounded by mandatory and universal applause.”

As for whether or not we should be seeing this as a battle worth fighting, I would ask you to consider a quote from a homosexual, Wilson Cruz….

“There was a time in our history where we couldn’t actually speak up and say something about how we were being characterized. That is no longer today. When someone speaks about us in these ways, we will rise up and we will speak out.”

This is clearly seen as an issue worth fighting about from the homosexual point of view. These people are going to use everything they can in this controversy to promote their agenda. They see this as a golden opportunity and for that and many other reasons; it doesn’t seem wise for us to remain silent.

The way in which we are to speak up, however, should be thought through very carefully. We need to be people who don’t shy from speaking the truth of Scripture but we should never forget to offer the forgiveness that the Gospel brings to any and all who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and repent of their sins.

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, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
1 Corinthians 6:9-11

Albert Mohler and Wilson Cruz on CNN discussing the same controversy…
http://newsroom.blogs.cnn.com/2013/12/19/duck-debate-bigotry-vs-belief/

 

James White reviews Pier Morgan’s show with Dr. Michael Brown

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQMqjJN10xU

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