I fear we need to gain a little perspective on the subject of Phil Robertson vs. the entire homosexual community. I’ve heard a lot of people clarify their stance on the subject with phrases along the lines of, “it’s not what he said, it’s how he said it.”
Perhaps we need to have a little reality check. Phil Robertson is an uncouth, backwoods redneck (self-proclaimed). His beard is longer than my hair. His idea of comfortable clothes includes camouflage pants and a camouflage shirt. His idea of Sunday fancies includes camouflage pants and a black shirt. His idea of interior design includes a camouflage recliner to match his camouflage pants. If we were all expecting eloquent prose from the man, then perhaps we all need a gentle little “love slap” in our proverbial faces. Admittedly, his comments were uncouth and graphic. But his comments were also a paraphrasing of the Bible. So let’s all get honest here. We can hide behind the excuse of not liking how he said what he said, but reality is obviously that we just didn’t like what he said.
It has been God’s M.O. from day one to use the unexpected messenger.
And unfortunately, if you don’t like what he said, then you don’t like the Bible. That’s something you need to take up with God Almighty, not Phil Robertson. Or A&E. Or the whole of Christendom.
Yes, Phil Robertson is rough around the edges, to put it nicely. But if I don’t like that style, I don’t have to listen. I don’t have to watch. No one is forcing me to turn on A&E on Wednesday nights with my head in a vice turned towards the television, forcing the crudeness of Duck Dynasty into my sweet, innocent head. I can go watch Here Comes Honey Boo Boo just as easily, and feel great about my much more sensible cable television choice.
But if you think that God can’t use someone like Phil because he’s uncouth and outlandish, you’re sadly mistaken. It has been God’s M.O. from day one to use the unexpected messenger. I don’t have the time to list out all of them (read the Bible for all the details), but I’ll use the example of John the Baptist, for the sake of this argument. (It is Christmastime, after all. And John’s mission was to herald the coming of the Promised One.)
John the Baptist. If you don’t know much about him, you probably at least know that he was dirty. And kind of gross. And lived in the desert eating locusts and honey. He was loud and kind of obnoxious in the face of the status quo. He probably, for all intents and purposes, looked and acted a LOT like Phil Robertson. (Consequently, Phil himself pointed out in his I Am Second† video that he doesn’t look nearly as rough as John the Baptist did. Funny, really.) But God used him nonetheless as a powerful herald to the world of that time that the Kingdom of Heaven was near! His message shook the world from the ground up, so much so, that the king himself (Herod) had him beheaded just to shut him up. (Oh the irony, A&E! Oh the irony!)
If God chose a vagabond like John the Baptist to herald the coming of His Son (you know, the Messiah, SAVIOR OF THE ENTIRE WORLD), why wouldn’t God use Phil Robertson to remind the world that we need him? He uses all kinds of people to spread His message. We are all different, after all. And different styles speak to different people. If you want a squeaky clean, feel good Gospel, tune into Joel Osteen. If you want a passionate, challenging Gospel, tune into T. D. Jakes. If you want a meaty and deep combing through of the Gospel, tune into Robert Morris. If you want a down-to-earth, rough around the edges version of the Gospel, tune into Phil Robertson. God’s in the business of being all things to all people, after all. He meets us where we are; He doesn’t expect us to become something we’re not in order to meet Him.
No, it’s not really Phil the world has a problem with these days. It’s his message. And his message is the Bible. So let’s all stop beating around the bush and be honest – people don’t like to hear that their way of life is a sin. People don’t like to hear that there is only ONE WAY to Heaven through Jesus Christ. People don’t like to hear that “good people” don’t get into heaven. People don’t like to hear that things are an abomination in God’s eyes. People don’t like to hear anything these days that might challenge their comfortable little zone of the world.
No, my friends, it’s not Phil Roberson you have a problem with. It’s God.
Take it up with Him. He can take it, let me assure you. And He would absolutely love to have the conversation with you.
†As an inconsequential side note, it was this I Am Second video that got me started watching Duck Dynasty. Before I saw it, I didn’t have a care in the world to watch the show because I’m not really into uncouth, pointless reality television. Just like you, I have a choice NOT to watch. But once I saw this video, I knew I wanted to know more about this family that would stand so boldly for faith on an otherwise grossly secular network. And God bless them for it!
Of your last two blogs, you’re two for two in nailing my thoughts. What am I thinking next?
I think you are an idiot…and my “God” does, too.
Typical liberal response. You cannot disprove the statement, so you just ridicule the speaker. I will pray for you Nikki.
This is right on. So was your last one! You go girl! Xoxo
Spot on Morgan!
Awesome!! Loved it and I agree with you!
How about Phil and his gang with beards were polo wearing yuppies before being on their show. You people who believe this show are all idiots. Quit blaming religion on his ignorant statements. Quit blaming him being a redneck for his statements. He should own up to them.
Not only did he grossly said he hates gays (Which is ok if thats your beliefs but their is a nice way he could have put it) He also said black people were happy during civil rights. Lets get one thing straight, they seemed happy because you were hanging them in your back yard!
For the record, I am white. I also live in Louisiana where this show is filmed. I get tired of people standing up for him when they are too ignorant to go read the article and see it was much more than religious beliefs. He is not a messenger from my God is he says idiotic statements which are contained in the article, and the people who “stand” for him are just as stupid.
The grammatical errors in your comment made me laugh! Especially when you called those of us who agree with Phil idiots!! This article was spot-on!! I would rather know I offended the world by standing up for the truth contained in the word than know I offended God for not standing up for it.
Kindness, my friends. Plus he didn’t say if you agree with Phil you’re an idiot, just if you believe the show. Very different ideas.
Then quit watching and reading dear man, really do you think anyone is going to change their minds?
Just a question to all of Christendom: Do you think John the Baptist or even better, Jesus, would have said the things that Phil said? I absolutely agree that God can use this man, and probably has and will continue to, but for Phil to spurt off half truth with such hate was very unChrist-like. At least that’s the conclusion I come to when I read my Bible. It’s hard to win people with hate. It’s hard to win people with tolerance. But with love you have a chance.
Just because you don’t agree with what was said, doesn’t qualify it as hate. I would venture to guess that when Jesus called the Pharisees a “brood of vipers” they didn’t all gather around Him with the warm fuzzies, thankful for His sweet, kind choice of words. No, Jesus came to bring a sword.
Yes! Good point, but again who was Jesus calling a brood of vipers? Not the sexually immoral or the racially different, he was talking to the religious zealots! How did he talk to the sexual immoral and sinner? Was it with a sword?
If I said to you that blogging was a sin and is the same as fornication and you were bound for hell would you consider that hate speech?
I’m also very shocked over the lack of outrage over what he said about African Americans. Come on people, suggesting they were happier under Jim Crow, if that’s not hate speech I’d love to know what you think is.
I just encourage you(Tara D) to read the book of Galatians because this is where Phil “paraphrased” from.
Yes, I’ve read it many times.
What I should have read to start with though was not this blog or any of the others but I should have gone straight to the actual GQ article when I first heard this. That’s what I did tonight and I feel like a moron that I engaged anyone before reading it because what he actually said and what people are yelling or CAPSing about is ridiculous. When you read the whole of the article and the quotes in context and even in their complete sentence structure they make perfect sense. And I have nothing wrong with what he said.
The only ones who are idiots (myself included) are the ones who are making a big deal out of nothing. Yes, when you take a few words out of a sentence it sounds like hate speech, but when you read the whole and you see his heart behind is, definitely not. Maybe if I had ever watched the show I would have realized what kind of a guy he actually is and wouldn’t have been so quite to jump on any soapboxes. He actually says in the article that his family and himself love and accept everyone even homosexuals, why isn’t that being mentioned? Well I know why, but it’s all very ridiculous, so I’m done. Getting back to better things.
It is okay Tara most people are listening to media. But now you see what he actually said and the context, people (media) are picking words out if his statements and focusing on that! Glad you read it or yourself! God bless you and Merry Christmas!
I think he sounded more like SATIN! just saying
Satin is a fine material. I don’t know that it makes a sound.