A lot has been said about Phil Robertson, patriarch of the infamous Robertson family from their show Duck Dynasty. I personally, enjoyed the show greatly for a couple of seasons. I have no interest in writing a long blog post on this whole kerfuffle. Social media hasn’t been this obnoxious sense the last Election Cycle.
With that said, I do want to point you all to some blog posts I have read on the issue. There is a lot of great posts and a lot of ridiculously awful posts. Below are some responses that I believe to be productive, helpful voices in this whole debacle. They don’t all approach the topic in the same way, but that is why I wanted to highlight several. Let’s strive for well rounded-Godward thoughts on this.
Doug Wilson (his posts were my favorite- read both)
I thank the Lord for the clear-headed and straightforward way Phil Robertson quoted a Bible he was not ashamed of. In this, he puts a lot of Reformed theothinkers with large foreheads into the shade. One redneck out in public just went and said it. He didn’t refer it to a study commission. He didn’t circumlocute the heck of it. He didn’t get well-known authors to blurb the comments he was about to make (for many of them, had they been asked, would have declined to do so). He didn’t check in with the feelings of Rachel Held Evans beforehand. He just went and said it.
But the lack of self-awareness in this criticism is staggering. These are shepherds who feed only themselves (Ezek. 34:2). When shepherds have neglected the flock for so long, and the wolves are ravaging them, and the sheep come up with some kind of strategy to defend themselves, and the shepherds sit up on the ridge, laughing at the tactical inadequacy of what the sheep are attempting, what shall we call that?
So what do we need? We don’t need generals. We have that. We need generals who fight. We don’t need leadership councils. We have those. We need national leaders who fight. We don’t need pretty boy preachers. We have those. We need preachers who fight. We don’t need evangelical regiments of pajamaboys. We have that. We need fight, and we need to fight with everything we have — heart, strength, and brains. All in.
We’re a divided country on sexual issues. That’s why every news cycle brings more controversy. Why not engage one another, and have the debates in a civil fashion, without attempting to silence one another. I don’t agree with David Letterman’s views on divorce and cohabitation, but I don’t want him suspended for voicing them. I’ll bet I don’t agree with MTV’s Nev Schulman of the popular Catfish show on sexual ethics, but it wouldn’t put me in the fetal position under the table to hear him voice them.
If we are going to be hated, it should be for the sake of Christ, not because we are obnoxiously insisting on our freedom. Our freedom is not of this world. We have a greater liberty than any nation or legislation could give us.
Each of us has the right and freedom to share the gospel with anyone and everyone. We do not need a celebrity mouthpiece. We can declare the good news courageously and compassionately to our neighbors, co-workers, and friends. We should each proclaim it with wisdom and passion, without shame, for it is the power of God to save from the eternal agony of being separated from himself.
Does the LGBT community believe in the First Amendment for all Americans, or only those who believe like them? There have been many people who have fought and died in defense of the Constitution, in defense of the right of the LGBT community to do exactly what Phil Robertson and many others call “sin.” Many of these who fought and died believed exactly like Robertson. They died to protect the freedoms people with whom they agreed and disagreed.