Duck Dynasty…and homosexuality…

People seem to either love the bearded brethren of duck dynasty or they hate the whole show in general. Most common reasons I hear for hating the show boils down to they are hillbillies with money…lots of money. But the hillbilly thing bothers a lot of people.

Recently Phil Robertson was interviewed by a magazine and he was asked about his feelings towards homosexuals. His response was a bit coarse in some people’s opinion, and he was “cut and paste quoted”. They took only the parts that were possibly the most offensive, pulled them out of context, and printed them.

There was outrage.

The homosexual community and the tv network were furious, as were many retailers of DD items. The mad dash to pull merchandise from shelves and cancel contracts ensued. The hillbilly community was likewise out rage when A&E announced Phil had been suspended. The Robertson family announced they weren’t sure of the future of the show without their patriarch at the helm. It was a giant publicity nightmare and a storm of epic proportions brewing.

Phil’s quote basically said in print that he believes homosexuality to be sin, he doesn’t understand the sexual desire towards someone of the same gender, and in his mind it’s crazy. If you want to know his exact words you can look it up, but they are strong words for sure.

But what the GQ article did NOT print was the rest of Phil’s statement. A statement that holds more truth than many people have heard in a long time…

“…. We never, ever judge someone on who’s going to heaven, hell. That’s the Almighty’s job. We just love ’em, give ’em the good news about Jesus — whether they’re homosexuals, drunks, terrorists. We let God sort ’em out later, you see what I’m saying?”

Many churches today are accused of being too focused on love and not focused enough on calling sin, sin. But I know for a fact we are incapable of judging in a manner pleasing to God. But we can love.

The bible tells us the greatest commandment is to love God and the second greatest is to love our neighbor.

How can we love if we are so busy pointing out other people’s sin? Isn’t that the holy spirit’s job? Do we spend as much time loving those we see struggling in their sin as we do telling them about their sin?

Until next time…

May your glass always be refilled quickly, your reputation be untarnished by rumors, and may your friends come to you when they hear those rumors about you.

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