I was hoping to get away from talking about this, but it alas, I cannot but express my feelings about the whole patriarch of the Duck Dynasty furore.
Unless you’ve been under a rock for the past decade, you pretty much know who Phil Robertson is and what he is about. If you ask him to weigh in as a “Christian” about how he sees homosexuality and the like, you’ve probably already had enough exposure to him to get an idea which side of the fence he is on. He’s not hiding who he is, what he thinks, and what he believes. That being said, to be fair, I can’t help but wonder if the man was being baited – just like when the Pharisees threw the woman caught in the act of adultery down at the feet of Jesus and asked Him to weigh in on that particular sexual issue. The unfortunate thing for Mr. Robertson was that he didn’t grab hold of the same wisdom that Jesus grabbed hold of in His time of being baited that helped Him refrain from taking hold of the rope they were offering with which to lynch Him. It wasn’t about the woman. It was about setting a trap for Jesus. He let them stand there holding that rope out to Him and, with facing down one simple question, they had nowhere else to go but to be hanged by their own pricked consciences. The bait they were offering was, “This woman was caught in the act of adultery – in the very act! The Law says such a one should be stoned.” Jesus answered, “Okay, then. Whichever one of you is without sin, you be the first to throw a stone at her.” One by one, they all dropped their rocks and walked away leaving only Jesus and the woman at the scene. He asks, “Where are your accusers? Has anyone condemned you?” The woman answers, “No man, Lord (some translations say she addressed Him as Sir).” Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you. Go and sin no more.”
Here is what I am going to say about the whole controversy, all across the board. God is infinitely more than the sex that human beings are having. I would venture a guess that He is not hung up on sex like we are, as in, who is having it and with whom. He is calling us all to a higher realm, a realm of pure and radiant love where we are kind to each other, and we are taking care of each other; we’re making sure that if we recognize that someone has a need, we are doing whatever we can to see that the need is met. Life is hard. People are suffering – all over the world. If we are truly doing God’s work then we are doing whatever we can, however we can, at every opportunity we can to ease the pain and the burdens of whosoever we encounter who is suffering. If we are truly doing that then we really don’t have much time to obsess over and give our two cents about someone else’s sex life. That is the way that I see it. This is what I believe. This is how I feel.