I’ve never watched a single episode of Duck Dynasty. Sure, I have heard of it and believe I have a fairly good understanding of the basic concept. But it is never something that appealed to me because of what it is at it’s core: another reality tv show that is driven by drama.
But now, with Phil’s recent comments hitting the news outlets, everyone has an opinion about not only the show, but the family members as well.
While I feel that some of his comments could have been a bit kinder, I completely agree with the core of what he said. And something we all need to remember at this time is that our tongue does not come with a backspace.
How can I say that there’s nothing wrong with what he said, only the delivery? Because it’s right here in 1 Corinthians 6:9-11
Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.
It’s right there in the Bible. It’s not one man’s opinion, and it certainly isn’t inflammatory hate speech.
I have friends that consider themselves as part of the “LBGT” community. Frankly, I personally, don’t see that affiliation as something to point to as a sign of strength or a good thing.
Hear me out.
If sin is sin, and all sin is equal, as the Bible states, then we need to look at this through a lense different that what society often says is “right” and “decent.” If homosexuality is sin, as the Bible says it is, and lying is also sin, as clearly stated, then why is a rainbow badge seen as a good thing?
What am I saying?
Remember back to when you read through the Scarlet Letter in school? I’m talking about the letter that Hester had to wear day in and day out. She wore her sin in a manner that was visible for all to see and thereby ridicule her for.
In essence, I see that as the same thing as people that flock to the “LBGT” banner. They’re just wearing sin where it’s visible for people to see at the very core of the matter- (not getting into what the movement is working towards, just what it stands for.)
I was a liar. I haven’t gone out to sign up for the Local Liars Club.
I was an idolator. I don’t have a badge on social media that shows my support of Idols Inc.
I was a fornicator. I do not have to walk around wearing a scarlet A.
Rather than trying to create controversy where there is none, it’s time to start looking at what the above passage truly says. It’s not a message of hate, but rather, one of love.
I’m a sinner.
You’re a sinner.
Everyone is a sinner.
Rather than labeling people by their sin, it’s time to start looking at them as a creation of God, loved by Him, and in desperate need of His grace and mercy.