Rumpled sheets are our own dang fault

Christians, we did this to ourselves.

And now the monster that WE created is coming back to bite us in the hiney.

The recent flap over A&E’s decision to put Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson on indefinite hiatus due to comments he made in a GQ Magazine interview is now the spearhead for Christians complaining that their First Amendment rights are being violated. And in this writers opinion, rightfully so.

But the outrage is being met with consternation from various groups who feel Robertson’s remarks about gays and lesbians are way out of line.

You make the call. The link to the entire article is above, but here is the excerpt that is drawing criticism and praise.

“It seems like, to me, a vagina—as a man—would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.”

and later on …
Phil Robertson

Phil Robertson

“We’re Bible-thumpers who just happened to end up on television,” he tells me. “You put in your article that the Robertson family really believes strongly that if the human race loved each other and they loved God, we would just be better off. We ought to just be repentant, turn to God, and let’s get on with it, and everything will turn around.”

What does repentance entail? Well, in Robertson’s worldview, America was a country founded upon Christian values (Thou shalt not kill, etc.), and he believes that the gradual removal of Christian symbolism from public spaces has diluted those founding principles. (He and Si take turns going on about why the Ten Commandments ought to be displayed outside courthouses.) He sees the popularity of Duck Dynasty as a small corrective to all that we have lost.

“Everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong,” he says. “Sin becomes fine.”

What, in your mind, is sinful?

“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,” he says. Then he paraphrases Corinthians: “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. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”

Robertson gives his view of what he thinks a guy would find more interesting in a woman versus a man, nothing more. Yeah, Phil is nothing if not blunt, but he didn’t go out and head hunt anybody. He just gave his view. Period.

And when he continued with his assessment of repentance and how the world has gone wrong, he didn’t lash out against anyone. He simply stated what he believed and paraphrased Corinthians.

What’s truly comical here is that A&E acts as thought they had no clue that Robertson felt this way. I mean, how many shows have a negotiation where faith, family and duck season are immediately taken off the table by the stars?

Oh wait, didn’t the Kardashians do that?

Or was it the cast of the Real Housewives of Atlanta?

Remember, this is a blog and this is MY opinion. So get ready for both barrels.

Boycot A&E on Facebook

Boycot A&E on Facebook

A&E is copping out big time. This wasn’t a business decision. This smacks of pressure from a few people, maybe even within the company itself but more likely a handful of advertisers, who are headed by people in alternative lifestyle communities. They have a few bucks, a big mouth and feel like they can push the network around by threatening to make a ton of noise if A&E doesn’t drop the hammer on Robertson.

Unfortunately in today’s world its not what’s right that counts. Its who’s got the biggest megaphone or more Facebook likes.

In a statement issued Thursday, the Robertsons have pretty much drawn the line in the sand.

We have had a successful working relationship with A&E but, as a family, we cannot imagine the show going forward without our patriarch at the helm.  We are in discussions with A&E to see what that means for the future of Duck Dynasty.

A&E has made a huge mistake. And with its most successful series being the Storage Wars franchise, they can only hope that their next round of show proposals is as salted as the storage lockers they buyers find.

But back to the point at hand – how is this the fault of Christians?

It’s really pretty simple. See, when we as Christians go out and condemn the world for their actions, we invite them to do the same to us. Mind me, I’m not talking about stating what we believe or even quoting Scripture as Robertson did. I’m talking about that judgmental attitude that we, as a whole, have carried around for years.

Where did that come from, because it certainly isn’t from God.

God gave us two simple commandments and one commission.

Commandment #1 – “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.” (Matthew 22:37-38)

Commandment #2 – “And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

Commission – “Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Hmmm… No condemnation. No trying to legislate our faith and morality into the lives of others. No burning down abortion clinics or book burnings.

See, much like contestants that get fired on The Apprentice, we have strayed from our sole purpose – loving God, love people and telling those people about Him and His love.

We made out bed and now we’re forced to sleep in it. And the only way to get any semblance of normal back is to pray, be diligent and stay our ground in love.

Get ready folks, its going to be a bumpy night.

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About Tim Allen

I am a former newspaper writer/editor/page designer that still loves to write and share my experience and views. I presently own a digital marketing firm and live in a small town in Big Sky country.

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