Devotional Matthew 10:16

Pastor Brian's "Every So Often" Devotional

December 20, 2013

(Matthew 10:16) "Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves."

In the category of "Fools rush in...", I will heretofore wade into the Duck Dynasty controversy with some humble thoughts (as opposed to "reactions") of my own:

1. Phil Robertson is, by all accounts (including his own), rough-around-the-edges. He uses some imagery in his interview that would ruffle some particularly sensitive feathers and perhaps alienate a certain segment of his Christian audience as well. It probably wasn't necessary to be that crass; but his language wasn't anything compared to that of the interviewer and probably wouldn't have been seen by very many folks except for the folks from GLAAD making it so public. Not only that, Phil probably doesn't much care, and some of that is to his credit.

2. I would bet almost any amount of your money that most Christians who are spouting forth on the issue have not even read the article in its entirety, and are thus commenting in ignorance! Please hold forth on your position...AFTER you read the article! (and no, I would not be in sin for gambling, because I was wagering YOUR money!)

3. Is threatening to boycott A&E any different from what GLAAD threatened to do when it first started this fight? And would any boycott of A&E survive the premier of the new season of Storage Wars?!

4. This is not technically a First Amendment issue as much as an issue of capitalism. If a business doesn't want to be associated with another business or person, it does not have to be, even for the most "trumped-up" reasons. (Having said that, I believe A&E probably made an enormous marketing blunder here; but perhaps the money doesn't matter as much to them as the principles they evidently uphold...maybe they're more like Phil Robertson than they thought!)

5. One of the real issues here is hypocrisy. Organizations like GLAAD fail to see that they have been given every right to say what they want...and now want to take that right away from others. It's not only hypocrisy; it often crosses the line to downright bullying. The kind of bullying they often received 20 years ago for being gay. Now they are the powerful; and they are misusing it in the same way.

6. I HAVE read the article and can't for the life of me understand how anything Phil said can be construed as "hate speech". He in-artfully spoke of his preference for women, but not understanding homosexuality is not hatred of it. He spoke of God's love for us, and the fact that we should all love each other. When asked to define sin, he paraphrased 1 Corinthians 6:9-10. Included in that is homosexuality. He didn't single it out as worse than the other sins; they all keep us out of heaven unless washed by the blood of Christ. Evidently we can use the Bible to tell us about heaven, but not about hell, what it will entail, or who is headed there...

7. Another of the real issues is this: as Christians we have indeed been blessed in our nation to have more freedom than the church has had in perhaps any other time and/or culture in history. It was hard to imagine 25 years ago that we might endure financial hardship or be culturally ostracized for a belief in the Bible as God's word. It seems that day is coming when we may actually be counted worthy to suffer for His name (more than just the horror of hearing "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas"!). How many will identify with the cross then? How many will still claim the name of Christ as it begins to cost us something real and tangible? Makes me want to say a prayer right now for Christians in India, Iran, Egypt, the Sudan, etc. who, if they even hear about kerfuffles such as this, probably shake their heads in bemusement, trying to figure out what the big deal is...