I don’t wear a long beard, don camouflage, or shoot and eat squirrel. But I am a Christian, and I do agree with what Phil Robertson said regarding homosexuality being a sin, even if I wouldn’t have used his verbiage. What’s more, I don’t think that he’s been given a fair shake by the media following his GQ interview (read here). Why all the buzz? Here’s what happened.
When quizzed by his interviewer on what Robertson would call sin, he gave examples (mentioning homosexuality and bestiality and promiscuity, but not equating the first 2! — the media did that on their own) and followed up with his masculine opinion, in masculine language, for a masculine magazine (according to Wikipedia GQ’s readership is 73% male, 63% single). Of course, it didn’t bother GQ’s editor to print expletives in the interview, like, “Phil calls himself a Bible-thumper, and holy shit, he thumps that Bible hard. . . .” It didn’t bother the media either. For the author to place, and the editor to leave, expletives in an interview with well-known Christians is simply — what? Tactful? Respectful? Sensitive?
Then came the next move. CNN made the jump from Robertson sharing his opinion — after being asked — to saying that his “warped logic” is exactly what white racists used “back in the day to justify their actions for oppression of black people.” Really?! Slavery was, and is, wrong, wrong, wrong. God even delivered his people from slavery in Egypt, and then gave them the Law. In that order. And what did it include? A prohibition of homosexuality. So . . . the 2 are not the same: not socially, not politically, not spiritually. Jesus promised His disciples truth, and followed by saying, “The truth will set you free” (John 8:32). Paul said that Jesus died for our freedom (Galatians 5:1). Christians with a healthy biblical understanding don’t support slavery. But neither do they support sexual immorality. Jesus came to bring us freedom from all kinds of shackling — sin included.
Nevertheless, as Uncle Ben once said to Peter Parker (quoting Voltaire), “With great power comes great responsibility.” Robertson had the responsibility to share his convictions. Now he has the responsibility to stand by those convictions. And I do believe Phil Robertson has stayed true to his biblical convictions, in spite of a growing intolerance for them, and in spite of the fact that A&E is apologizing for him and separating themselves from him after they have ridden him and his family to the best-rated show on their station. Seem hypocritical? Seem like an infringement of his 1st amendment rights? I agree. But I also believe the media has been waiting for this opportunity — and when Robertson said what he said, right or wrong, they jumped on it.
In the end, we all need God’s mercy and love. We all need to share God’s mercy and love — even if we disagree on sensitive issues. Don’t get your worldview, or how you should respond to an issue, from the media. Read the Bible. Pray about it. Think for yourself.