Friday, December 20, 2013

The Intolerant Duck Commander & The Unchanging Word

If you haven't heard about the uproar over Phil Robertson of "Duck Dynasty" fame then you must literally live under a rock.  Phil, in an interview with GQ magazine, was asked his opinion on some of his beliefs.  Phil answered from his personal beliefs, which are rooted in the Christian faith, and was subsequently removed from the "Duck Dynasty" show for an undetermined "hiatus."  Phil's comments surrounded a paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 6:9-10.  It says "Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God." 

What has happened is that a man who agrees with God's Word spoke very plainly and was unapologetic about what the Bible says.  But in the name of modern day tolerance he was condemned for it.  People who claim to be enlightened and tolerant can condemn him for his views all day long.  I have a feeling it doesn't really bother him.  Because in the end they aren't condemning him or disagreeing with him.  They are condemning and disagreeing with God and His Word.  We as humans can try to justify sin, rationalize it and make it socially acceptable but in the end that means nothing when it comes to the unwavering standard God has given us in His Word.

Call Phil Robertson what you want.  Martyr for the First Amendment.  Hate-monger.  Soldier for Christ. Bigot. Man of Faith. Intolerant.  In the end it does not matter the label we give him because in the end he was simply relaying the truths of God's Word.

I'll end with this.  I find it funny how those that are ready to chastise Phil Robertson for his views have never sat down with the man to hear his beliefs.  Because if they did I'm sure Phil would share with them verse 11 that comes right after the verses he paraphrased from 1 Corinthians 6.  It says "And that is what some of you were. 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" (NIV).  Phil is a man who has been justified by his relationship with Christ and needs to make no apology for what the Bible says.  I think the uproar over Phil's comments are proof we are in the days that Paul foretold would occur in 2 Timothy 4:3-5 "For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. 5 But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry" (NIV).  Sounds like Phil has taken verse 5 to heart and is living it out!

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